“The White Lotus” HBO Max | Chapter 1 review: to see or not to see the new comedy-drama with Alexandra Daddario? | SKIP-ENTER

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That HBO custom (today HBO Max) to deliver series whose new chapters are released once a week, some like it, but many others dislike it, perhaps the most eager ones who have already got used (through the Netflix grill) to see a whole series in one fell swoop for , with emotion on the surface, comment on whether the product is good, bad or perhaps mediocre.

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In that sense, if we talk about the premiere chapter in a series, it costs a little more to make a balance with just 60 minutes of history. Although in the case of “The White Lotus”, the new proposal by Mike White – the director of the praised “Iluminada” – there are several conclusions that can be drawn. And the expectations generated, of course.

This is a dramatic comedy that exposes the trip of a group of wealthy people to a resort in Hawaii, the White Lotus. The occasional tourist pool is made up of husbands Mark and Nicole Mossbacher (Steve Zahn and Connie Britton), their teenage children Quin (Fred Hechinger) and Olivia (Syndey Sweeney), and the latter’s friend, Paula (Brittany O’Grady). ). In addition, we can count here the young husbands Shane and Rachel Patton (Jake Lacy and Alexandra Daddario) and, finally, Tanya McQuoid, played by Jennifer Coolidge.

Shane and Rachel Patton, played by Jake Lacy and Alexandra Daddario, in "The White Lotus".
Shane and Rachel Patton, played by Jake Lacy and Alexandra Daddario, in “The White Lotus.”

On the other side of the cast are the resort workers. First, the main figure of the series, the manager of the place named Armond (Murray Bartlett), and then employees like Belinda (Natasha Rothwell), Lani (Jolene Purdy) and Dillon (Lukas Gage).

The first thing that stands out in this first chapter of “The White Lotus” is an attempt by its creator to exaggerate – often to the extreme – the external peculiarities of each of its characters. A hotel manager overflowing with cynicism who is clear that “customers must be treated like children.” A humble young woman who hides at all costs being pregnant so that she is hired as a resort employee. A married couple with no other things in common than their good chemistry in the bedroom. Two friends who seem to take it all as a joke. A wealthy woman who carries her mother’s ashes everywhere.

"The White Lotus" is available on HBO Max.
“The White Lotus” is available on HBO Max.

But if you look a little more closely at the protagonists of this story, you will find extremely interesting details fundamentally linked to small dramas that will surely be exploited throughout the next five episodes. Men who always need to hear “the last word” from their wife to make any decision, adolescents who, while enduring bullying from their older brothers, secretly show that they are much more mature and rational than thought, and husbands who only seem calm if they appear to be more than they really are. In this series something is very clear: nobody never goes unnoticed.

Jolene Purdy y Murray Bartlett.
Jolene Purdy y Murray Bartlett.

But as “The White Lotus” is not just a satire in which, for seven days in a row, some wealthy tourists expose their moral miseries, it is worth saying that the data with which the opening chapter begins is key: one of the travelers died in Hawaii. “His remains travel on the plane,” says another of the protagonists minutes before boarding the flight to leave Miami in a “preview” typical of a classic thriller. Indeed, in the next chapters, viewers will discover who among all these travelers loses their lives (and how!) In what should have been only a pleasure trip.

Will it be enough hook to keep our attention?

THE TOKEN:

Synopsis: A social satire set in an exclusive Hawaiian resort, the series follows the vacation of several hotel guests for a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these perfect travelers, the cheerful hotel employees, and the idyllic setting itself.

Platform: HBO Max.

Season: 1 (6 chapters)

Duration: 1 hour per chapter (approximately)

Premiere: every Sunday a new chapter

Classification: +18.

Rating: ★★★.

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