The Undoing Episode 1 Review – Nicole Kidman And Hugh Grant Starrer Successfully Builds Up The Murder Mystery Plot


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HBO came up with a murder mystery The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant with episode 1 premiered on 25th October. Let us find out if the TV mini-series is worth your time.

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Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Undoing tells the story of married couple, Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), who are settled happily in the posh-location of New York with their son, Henry.  Jonathan is a oncologist while Grace is a therapist who has also planned an auction event for the parents of Reardon School where her son is studying. During the auction event, Grace meets charismatic Elena (Matilda De Angelis), whose behavior surpsises Grace. Things go out of hand when Elena is found murdered after the auction event which makes police rule out a murder case and questions Grace and her friends.

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Directed by Susanne Bier, who previously helmed films like Serena and Bird Box, the first episode of The Undoing will take your breath-away with its top-notch screenplay, fantastic direction and lovable performances by the star cast which keeps you engaged for 55 minutes. Written by David .E Kelly (credited for L.A Law, Chicago Hopes), The Undoing will keep you on your toes with various events and characters which will eventually build up the murder mystery.

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The Undoing also scores the brown point in terms of cinematography and art direction while I loved the costume design boasting off the elite society of New York. Performances by seasoned actors is the highlight of the film with Nicole Kidman stealing the show playing the perfect woman who wears so many hats of a professional therapist, a wife, a mother and a socialite with grace. Hugh Grant does his part brilliantly as usual.

Overall, The Undoing is a 6 episode series which will be premiering each week on HBO and should be added to your watchlist.


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