The White Lotus (2021) Review

A darkly funny and biting takedown of white privilege and class prejudice

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The White Lotus (2021) Review
Platform
Disney+ Hotstar
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
Comedy,DRAMA
Language
English

What is the story about?

A group of guests land up at the White Lotus resort in Hawaii, but the holiday proves to be life-changing for them and for the staff at the hotel.

Analysis

If there's one thing the pandemic has demonstrated remarkably, it is how people with money often denigrate the very people who are supposed to work for them. Creator Mike White has made a terrific six-episode series (that is now slated to appear as an anthology series from Season 2, with a fresh cast and setting), that initially seems like a straight-cut satire. However, as the layers are revealed, White's motley group of guests and hotel staff are shown to be ensnared in petty squabbles and power struggles that is fuelled by white privilege and consumerism at its peak. The guests may not always realize it, but they make a lot of micro-aggressions on the hotel staff, who keep on providing their hospitality as a service until they reach their own breaking point. A death is at the centre of the twisted story, and once you realize who passes away, the end realization is both hilarious and sad. HBO has been providing us terrific shows lately, and this represents another win for them after Mare of Easttown.

Performances

Murray Bartlett is in supreme form as Armond, the larger-than-life, perpetually horny manager of the resort. Natasha Rothwell is excellent as Belinda, the spa manager who strikes up a very problematic relationship with one of the guests. Jennifer Coolidge is decent as Tanyawho constantly tries to take advantage of Belinda using her money. Steve Zahn and Alexandra Daddario are okay as Shane and Rachel, a dissatisfied bored couple whose story ends in the most unexpected way. The rest of the cast are great too.

Music & Other Departments

The background score and cinematographyconvey the beauty of Hawaii in spectacular fashion.

Highlights

The sharp writing and the terrific performances from the ensemble cast.

Drawbacks

None as such.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Definitely.


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