Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant “The Undoing” Finally Ends, Bets Are Lost on the Whodunit, Life Goes On


WITH POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“The Undoing” is over. The murder of Elena Alves has been solved. The real killer was not Nicole, or Donald Sutherland or the kid or Lily Rabe.

In fact, even the little things we hoped tied up loose ends weren’t explored. The last twenty minutes jumped every shark it could find, looking for OJ’s Bronco. All the red herrings came to nothing. This was a disappointment.

It’s a sign of the times that so many people were obsessed with “The Undoing” as it progressed. I watched all five episodes at one in a press cue. I couldn’t “put it down,” so to speak.

Maybe one reason was that it looked like our fantasies before the pandemic ended everything. Everyone’s rich and happy or unhappy, money seems to be the answer to everything until it isn’t. No one is wearing a mask, Trump isn’t brow beating the news, it’s like a dream of something long ago.

Can you imagine all that happening to the Frasers in the middle of the pandemic? Oh, no, Masks and social distancing. Bodies piling up in the morgue behind Lenox Hill? No time for a good affair and murder now, folks. We. are. busy.

So in the end David E. Kelley and Jean Hanff Korelitz did not turn out to Alfred Hitchcock or Perry Mason or even Agatha Christie. But it was fun, and that’s what we needed. And Nicole Kidman will get more awards. I saw her today in “The Prom” coming to Netflix, and let me say, 2020 has been her year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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