White Lotus is a show that combines entertainment and artistry in a truly innovative way, a rare and refreshing combination. When a few trusted friends first recommended White Lotus to me, I was resistant. I avoid anything overly dark or even provocative – I prefer to keep my influences beautiful. I took the leap – and I’m so glad I did. I loved it.
The sumptuousness of the color, light, and visuals make the show engaging and visually stunning. The story line is compelling, and the tensions between the personalities add to the overall experience. The cinematography adds a gorgeous dimension to the show, while the music is sensual, emotional, groovy, and a masterpiece in itself.
Both Seasons were riveting. Yet, Season Two, set in Taormina, Sicily was my favorite. The colors and styling alone were enough for me, but then the music! When Jennifer Coolidge’s character attends Madame Butterly in Palermo – I melted. What a clever melding of story and music. Butterfly, the tragic, abandoned wife, holds onto her own idealism until she’s proved heartbreakingly wrong. In White Lotus, there are echoes of this theme with a thoroughly contemporary twist.
The attention to detail in the show extends to other aspects of the creativity, such as the carefully selected books that reflect each character’s personality; the artwork displayed on the walls; the cocktails and costumes. Some scenes replicate renowned ones in vintage Italian films. Yet this piece was not derivative in any way retro – instead, masterfully modern in all aspects.
At the level of artistic collaboration, this series is truly iconic. The magic of the filmic art form lies in this incredible alchemy of elements: visuals, acting, storyline, music, costumes and symbolism. The show is a testament to the power of art to combine entertainment and artistry in a way that is truly innovative and unforgettable – establishing it as a cultural benchmark.