World news – UK – The Undoing is Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl, with even more twists


The opening scene of The Undoing feels like a romantic comedy or family comedy that we’ve watched a few times before

While Manhattan therapist Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman) brushes her teeth upstairs, her husband, pediatric oncologist Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), has fun with their son Henry (Noah Jupe) ) in the kitchen

“We can’t have a dog,” Jonathan replies with Grant’s sardonic British accent. “Because, like I said, all dogs make my throats close, which means I can’t getting air into my lungs, which kills me, so it’s undesirable « 

Of course, this isn’t a romantic comedy or a family drama, it’s a psychological thriller and everyone involved in this warm family scene is hiding a dark secret Yes, even Hugh Grant

Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the six-part series tells a tale of wealth, privilege and deception The series directed by Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) and David E Kelley (Big Little Lies) rely on the fact that we never tire of seeing bad things happen to the rich

Grace and Jonathan, who are both at the top of their fields and highly respected on the Manhattan social scene, seem to have the perfect life together Henry attends Reardon, a pocket-funded private Upper East Side school rich parents of well-connected students and alumni, and reminds of Gossip Girl schools

They live in a beautiful house in Manhattan and seem to have a large circle of equally rich and charming friends

Grace’s clients – a woman who complains about her ‘borderline abusive husband’ and a couple who suffers from infidelity – hint at bigger problems in their own marriage

Then a new mom shows up at the school charity auction committee meeting Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis) is from Harlem and her son attends Reardon on scholarship In the middle of the reunion, she commits the fatal mistake of breastfeeding your little girl at the table

It immediately becomes clear that Elena is going to become a threat to Grace and Jonathan’s perfect life

After the reunion, Grace receives a phone call from Sylvia Steineitz (Lily Rabe), one of the other moms who is full of praise for the breastfeeding incident

Although Grace and Sylvia disagree on whether the move was « aggressive », they agree that Elena has « beautiful breasts »

Sylvia tells Grace that’s not the only unusual thing she’s seen Elena do.She’s also apparently sitting on a bench outside the school and just watching, like she hasn’t. nothing else to do

« You live in New York, it’s a crime not to be too busy, » Sylvia said over the phone. « Who just sits there? What a state of being unfathomable »

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Halfway through the episode Elena is dead And it quickly becomes clear that no one is telling the truth

The Undoing is the perfect mix of Gone Girl, Gossip Girl and Big Little Lies With the hustle and bustle of New York City and Manhattan’s most elite and despicable people as a backdrop, it tells a story of murder and of deception, filled with enough twists and turns to make us put our phones down and really pay attention

And if you come for the murder and twists, you will stay for the unforgettable performances of Kidman and Grant

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