Fresh (2022)

Hello, hello!
Today we’re taking a closer look at a movie I hardly wait for to be released: Fresh. From the first moment that this was announced I was excited. Let’s see if it was worth the wait…

The Plot (according to RT):

FRESH follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store and — given her frustration with dating apps — takes a chance and gives him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steve’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway. Only to find that her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites.

The Rating:

By now you all probably know that I’m a simple kind of gal. I see a movie has Sebastian Stan in it and I click. I only knew two things about Fresh before I sat down to watch it: Stan plays the lead and it’s gonna be weird. So, how could I not end up loving this movie?

We start out with a shitty date – let’s just pretend that twat didn’t happen, followed by a meet-cute. This was probably one of my favorite scenes like that I’ve ever seen, as were their interactions after that. Both characters were the perfect amount of weird and awkward, it felt realistic yet charming. Could ever rom-com ever please take notes? Thank you.

But y’all know already that this isn’t a rom-com. Far from it in fact. *spoilers ahead!*

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale concluded in July. However, as I was travelling throughout summer, it took me until now to catch up! So let’s see what it’s all about…

 

The Plot:
In this season a pregnant June plans her escape. We enter this season with tons of unanswered questions: will she make it to Canada? What happens to her daughter Hannah? What about all those who help her and put themselves at risk?

 

The Rating:
Wow. Season 2 is intense. As I’ve mentioned above, there are many questions to be answered and believe me, those answers hurt like hell.
As usual, Elisabeth Moss is absolutely stunning. Her performance is outstanding and deeply moving. The story gets even more uncomfortable as it was in the first season and I ended up in tears several times. The scariest part of it all is how realistic it feels, like this could easily happen here too.
Another amazing performance I’d like to mention was given by Yvonne Strahovski. So far, I hadn’t been a huge fan of her, as she never managed to get any emotion across to me. However, in this show she definitely stepped up with her acting skills. The third round of praise goes out to Alexis Bledel who also was an important factor in making this season so frightening. She gave me goosebumps all the way! Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: The Handmaid’s Tale

Hey guys!
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! Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale

Hey Guys!
I just realized that I haven’t written a book vs. movie post in ages! Shame on me.
So let’s restart with one of the most widely discussed adaptation of the last year: The Handmaid’s Tale.

 

The Plot:
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…

 

The Rating:
Let me just say upfront, I will dedicate two separate posts to the book and the TV show in specific, so stay tuned for that!
First of all, the book. Margaret Atwood’s novel is certainly intense. She gave me goosebumps throughout the entire story and I simply could not put down the book. It’s written so realistically, it’ll give you the creeps!
While reading you are both interested in finding out more as well as anxious about what is to come. I was deeply impressed and somewhat alarmed by this book. It is definitely a must read and offers a lot of food for thought.  Continue reading