Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright on HBO’s Big Little Lies season two. I am always impressed with Nicole Kidman in every role, but her performance in Big Little Lies has been incredible over the past two seasons. While I have some mixed thoughts on season two overall, Nicole’s performance continued to send chills down my spine. It’s almost like you could feel everything that she was feeling, as she completely embodied the character of Celeste. Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on both seasons.
Celeste is so broken and fragile, especially after everything she has recently gone through. In season two, it almost seems like she is sleepwalking through her life until she gets a huge wake up call. And yet, through all the mistakes, she is still able to ultimately channel her inner strength and stand up in front of the court to fight for her sons. Some of Celeste’s actions are questionable and it’s clear that she does need some help, but she loves her children unconditionally and she refuses to be a victim here.
It was unsettling and heartbreaking to witness what Celeste had to go through on the stand, but she somehow decides to defend herself, taking matters into her own hands. Celeste cross examines her mother-in-law, who is played brilliantly by Meryl Streep, but her mother-in-law definitely knows how to cross boundaries and she pushes a lot of buttons along the way.
Celeste maintains her composure and sets the record straight, bringing to light some interesting revelations. In the season two finale, I was utterly and completely captivated by Nicole’s performance. Celeste almost reminded me of a bird with a broken wing, now discovering that she can fly again, which was inspiring to watch.
What’s next for Celeste? We’ll have to wait and see and I am uncertain if we will see any future episodes of the series. We are left with another cliffhanger, although it certainly did not have the shock factor of the season one finale, but I am hoping that Celeste uses this win to also recognize that she does need help so that she can truly be there for her children. Either way, Nicole’s performance is note-worthy and even though season two did not compare to season one for me, she continued to hold my undivided attention, proving to be a worthy actress in every single role.
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