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Series review: The Undoing

  • Published at 05:42 pm April 2nd, 2021
The Undoing
HBO limited series, The Undoing, was released on October 25, 2020

How does the life of a perfect upper-class family rapidly unravel to expose the lie which no one thought to believe could even exist?

The Undoing stars an aged Hugh Grant (who looks significantly older than his sixty years), Nicole Kidman (who carries her fifty-three years with ease but for the tell-tale hints of what appears to suspiciously point to plastic surgery) and Donald Sutherland (the venerable and distinguished grandfather of eighty-five years, pirate turned pillar of the local establishment).  Grant is a successful paediatric oncologist in a New York hospital, and Kidman is an outrageously overpriced clinical psychologist comfortable in her thriving practice who enjoys her long walks through the asphalt criss-cross of middle Manhattan. Predictably, their sweet eleven-year-old son attends an exclusive school catering to every need of their young wards.

Who battered a beautiful young Latino woman to death?  The ferocity of the attack is horrifying, leaving a body mutilated beyond recognition.  How does the life of a perfect upper-class family rapidly unravel to expose the lie which no one thought to believe could even exist?  Can the protagonist establish his innocence beyond reasonable doubt, armed with the best lawyer money can buy but haunted by the looks askance of those who mean the world to him?  If training demands that the head will always rule the heart, will reason trump love when it really matters?

 


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The residents of the Silver Screen are supposed to be evergreen and forever young, correct?  Not really, let’s be charitable and respect the process of aging which will overtake us all.  Therefore, do overcome your initial disappointment at being confronted with a not-so-beautiful Hugh Grant and lose yourself in the drama which only he knows how to play to perfection.

Enjoy the twists and turns of the plot. Apply your skills and experience to a parallel game of “Whodunnit” and see if you can beat the producer to the finish line.

Disney Hotstar.  The Undoing.  Just six episodes.  Manageable because it’s nimble.  Go for it.