Admittedly not a die-hard Reese Witherspoon fan, I was skeptical on how I’d feel about this one. However, with characters as engaging and as intriguing as these, it was almost impossible not to come back for more. Based on a book of the same name by author Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere holds true to its namesake through and through. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson and more, let’s take a look at the plot.
With a setting in suburban Ohio, LFE places it’s viewers directly in the living room of a picture perfect family, the Richardsons. With not a struggle in the world (or so it seems), the 6 piece family find themselves surrounded by fire as the series opens in flames. Someone had in fact set their home ablaze, and flipped everything these folks knew on its head. But, the “fires” only began just there.
This show follows a deliberately consistent theme of “small fires” being started in each and every episode, all by someone new each time. It tells an unfolding narrative of two mothers, Witherspoon and a Washington, as they rage against each other for ways I just can’t reveal. What I can say, is that the series explores themes of racial injustices, of motherhood and the sacrifices within, and sets the record clear that with money does not always come a life of happiness and well-being.
The show’s leads in Reese and Kerry do a stunning job of playing two mothers, both hellbent on doing what they believe the “right” things to do are. It is fierce, gripping, and places us in so many situations where a concept of black and white is much more so one with “grey all over”. We follow characters who make moral decisions, some we agree with some we might not, that truly create the divide (and ultimately the demise) between a family that seemed altogether just so happy. For a drama capturing my attention from the first frame to its sheer remarkable performances, Little Fires Everywhere gets a clean 9/10 from me. This does indeed wrap up my “TV Reviews” piece, but not to worry. I will be back soon enough, with more movies to make sure you all don’t miss. As always everybody,