The opening scene of The Undoing appears like a rom com or household dramedy we have watched many occasions earlier than.
Whereas Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), a Manhattan therapist, brushes her tooth upstairs, her husband, paediatric oncologist Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), banters with their son Henry (Noah Jupe) within the kitchen.
As Jonathan struggles to do up his tie, Henry badgers him for a canine.
“We will not have a canine,” Jonathan replies in Grant’s sardonic British accent. “As a result of, as I’ve mentioned, all canines make my throat shut up, which suggests I can not get any air to my lungs, which makes me die, so it is undesirable.”
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After all, this is not a rom com or a household drama, it is a psychological thriller and everybody concerned in that cosy household scene is hiding a darkish secret. Sure, even Hugh Grant.
Primarily based on the 2014 novel You Ought to Have Recognized by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the six-part collection tells a story of wealth, privilege and deceit. The Susanne Bier (The Night time Supervisor) and David E Kelley (Large Little Lies) helmed collection banks on the very fact we by no means tire of seeing unhealthy issues occur to wealthy folks.
Grace and Jonathan, who’re each on the prime of their fields and well-respected within the Manhattan social scene, seem to have the proper life collectively. Henry attends Reardon, a non-public Higher East Facet college funded by the deep pockets of the scholars’ rich mother and father, and well-connected alumni, and is paying homage to the colleges in Gossip Woman.
They dwell in a phenomenal home in Manhattan and appear to have a large circle of equally prosperous and charming mates.
However below all this, it is clear from the beginning that one thing is not fairly proper.