IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE WHITE LOTUS, THIS IS A NO SPOILER REVIEW.
The white lotus is crossed out by Mike White, who has had a very fascinating career. He wrote comedies such as Rock school and Nacho Libre, independent darlings like The good girl and Beatriz at dinner, created another HBO series, the series directed by Laura Dern Enlightened… and on the unfortunate end of things, co-written Perfect location 3 and The Emoji movie. So to say that Mike White’s filmography is everywhere is to put it lightly. But, when he is in total control of his craft, he is able to create a comedy so vividly observed and uncomfortably resonating. And with The white lotus, it has never been so good.
WHAT IS THE SERIES?
The series follows a group of highly privileged and poisonous individuals as they vacation in Hawaii, in what has been called the most romantic resort on the island. During their stay, these guests and resort life employees are entwined, as they battle their innermost demons and unscrupulous desires, all of which end in murder.
WHAT IS THE CONFIGURATION FOR THE WHITE LOTUS?
One word I couldn’t get out of my head as I dove head first into these six episodes was: toxic. Almost every one of these characters in The white lotus are so toxic that any action they take, or word they fear, could eventually make you sick. White’s prerogative is never to make you feel compassion for these people or necessarily, even to profit from their exploitsâ¦ it is to peel their layers one by one, to find out how they came to be that way.
Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya McQuoid says repeatedly throughout this show that she’s an onion, and when she meets a new suitor all she wants to do is immediately remove all of her diapers and show her what really is. at its center. The location of the complex is almost a catalyst for all these characters to unmask their ârealâ facades. With this setup, White took the term âYou only see people’s true colors after you’ve traveled with themâ and used it.
HOW IS THE CAST ENSEMBLE?
The who’s-who of the cast members in The white lotus (Alexendra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O’Grady, Fred Hechinger, Connie Britton, Steve Zahn and Molly Shannon) form one of the best sets I’ve seen on TV. The cast continues, throughout the six episodes, to outdo themselves again and again. Offer small but rewarding gifts through their performances in every scene they find themselves in. White allows them that luxury as well, giving nearly all of his cast time to develop their characters so they can shine. It would be a crime to choose any of them here because they are all extraordinary.
LIKE A DIFFICULT WATCH, IS IT?
The white lotus tackles extremely difficult and taboo discussion topics. Everything is done in such a blunt manner that it will be very off-putting to many viewers. The way this series unfolds is so uncomfortable and agonizing that you will surely be squirming throughout its execution. In every episode, there are scenes from the evening dinner service that bubble with so much tension that it feels like you’re watching a thriller. All of this is enhanced by the remarkably baffling tribal score of Cristobal Tapia de Veer. There were times when I wanted to stop this show and run for the hillsâ¦ but, at the same time, it’s like watching a car crash. You cannot look away.
WHAT CAN YOU REMEMBER THE WHITE LOTUS?
Audiences will also be disgusted by the behavior of some of these characters. There are many problematic questions that The white lotus tackles, which will upset the public who watch this show for real money. White is never around to say that these things are right, or that this is always the way it is. He’s there to provide us with characters and situations that will spark important conversations. And give us such an uncomfortable laugh, because some ring a lot truer than we’d like to admit. But above all, the creator begs his audience to take a good look inside … to find out if we really like what we see there.
And at the end of the series … somehow creator Mike White found the heart in the heart of that rotten onion.
The white lotus will premiere on HBO Max Sunday July 11â¦ With new episodes every week.
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