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Intentions gain clarity in "Push Comes to Shove," a wonderful showcase for Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård.
I'm starting to think that you could add a scene of a beautiful woman looking intensely at the ocean as Motown music swells to anything and make it feel more dramatic than it is, but big things are coming soon.
Alexander Skarsgard is chilling as the monster in a sharp suit.
Even better, the masterful plotting and meticulously crafted tension has taken us to the point where relatively minor domestic and community tensions are weighted with almost apocalyptic undertones to them.
After three weeks of successively better and better episodes, an off week with overly obvious narration is the first less-than-excellent installment of the bunch.
What I particularly enjoyed about the episode is how the show really delved into the psychology of these characters, and exposed what really makes them tick.
With Big Little Lies Season 1 Episode 4, the tension is ratcheted up a bit as things move relatively slow, but by doing so reveal more kinks in the armor of every character.
Big Little Lies is smart to hold such focus on Celeste's life.
All three women are at crucial turning points in their stories, and while the murder on campus is supposed to be the critical element of the story, getting there, learning about these women, is the real reward.
Such is the acting chops of Alexander Skarsgård that we start to tense up now pretty much every time he enters a room, he's steeped in so much menace. This episode deftly played that up slowly, until the final grab at the end.
You can feel Celeste growing more brazen by the second, and here Kidman is really proving the power of a quiet performance.