After my Book vs. TV Show post on The Handmaid’s Tale I want to go into a little more detail concerning the show. So let’s see whether it’s worth checking out!
What is it about?
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a near future were due to a mixture of pollution and diseases fertility rates dropped to an alarming level. Amidst this chaos a new totalitarian government, the Gilead, rises and brings changes. The society gets divided into different groups, each assigned a certain role. One of those new roles is the handmaid. These women are destined to bear the children of Gilead’s élite, whether they want it or not. One of those maids chronicles her old and her new life…
Why should you check it out?
I’ll put it straight: this is one of the most impressive show I’ve watched recently.
First of all, the plot. You will be torn between wanting to know more and fearing what is about to come. The story has such a real vibe it will chill you to the bones. I appreciate that the focus of the show shifts between the time before Gilead and after they came to power. Especially in the later episodes a third aspect comes into focus that allows other characters to be the center of attention. I don’t want to add too many spoilers, so let’s just say that it enriches the entire show and invites you to binge-watch!
Of course the best plot is of no use if the actors are terrible. However, for The Handmaid’s Tale only the best actors and actresses were chosen. Elisabeth Moss’ performance is intense, Alexis Bledel is haunting. Even the smaller roles are played by well-known faces like Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski (whom I never really liked, but in this show, she delivers a solid performance!) or Joseph Finnes. I can’t wait for the next season to see how their story lines will evolve!
Another point I need to address is how visually stunning the show is. You won’t be showered in CGI effects, this show is intense when it comes to colors. As every position in Gilead’s society is assigned a certain way of clothing along with particular colors, the show makers chose to make this work magnificently. The colors are vibrant and create a very unique atmosphere without ever overshadowing the whole picture.
Along with music that will give you goosebumps, The Handmaid’s Tale is an absolute must watch. I honestly can’t imagine anyone not being fascinated (and somewhat scared) by the story Margaret Atwood created years ago.
If you haven’t seen it already, please go and check out The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s among the best and most intense shows I’ve watched recently. The actors, the music, the atmosphere – this show is very unique!
Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!