The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Samoan » 30 May 2017, 19:00

Sunday evening on C4, I watched the first episode (of 10) of the TV version of Margaret Atwood’s horrifying, dystopian story of an alternate America, The Handmaid's Tale. It was utterly chilling and from the reviews and various viewers' remarks pretty shocking. Elisabeth Moss plays Offred and the cinematography and musical score is pitch perfect.

Highly recommended. Is anyone else watching it ?

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/29/handmaids-tale-review-best-thing-youll-watch-all-year

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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Classic Rock Sneelock » 30 May 2017, 19:05

I'm going to renew HULU mainly just to watch it. I'm VERY fond of the source material and the ads look very promising.
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Samoan » 30 May 2017, 19:06

Here's how Episode 1 went down, to great critical acclaim -

Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4 in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/may/28/the-handmaids-tale-recap-episode-one-blessed-be-the-fruit
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Tactful Cactus » 30 May 2017, 23:07

I'm seven episodes into it and Im hooked. Its chilling, beautifully shot and there's an enough space left to think for yourself, no spoon feeding like lesser shows.

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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 31 May 2017, 02:18

I like Margaret Atwood's cameo. It's broadened from the book obviously but it all works well. Utopia for some creeps I imagine.
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby PENK » 31 May 2017, 11:55

We've watched three or four and it is very, very well-made. Beautifully shot and acted, with a great atmosphere of paranoia, fear and suspicion, although the pacing is a little slow: I read the book a long time ago but it seems they are very much streeeeeeetching the plot out, and the fact that a second series has already been commissioned for a book with no sequel is a little concerning.
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Geezee » 02 Jun 2017, 08:54

I love this quote from Michelle Wolf, something like "watching Handmaiden's Tale now is like watching Jaws on a small boat in the ocean".
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Hugh » 11 Jun 2017, 23:27

It seems a step closer to reality under our new DUP-supported government.

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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby slightbreeze » 12 Jun 2017, 10:14

Difficult to find fault. Riveting.

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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Tactful Cactus » 17 Jun 2017, 16:58

slightbreeze wrote:Difficult to find fault.


If there's one flaw, it's that Fred seems uncharacteristically thick. He's a senior member of the new state, which says something, yet he's too easily manipulated by Ofred. You could argue that women are his weakness and his own instincts are repressed and fucked up by the states oppression of women, but still, it doesn't sit well.

That aside, it was superb, the finale doesn't disappoint and Moss should get a telly Oscar.

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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby Samoan » 02 Jul 2017, 22:54

That was yet another astounding episode tonight.

The Tale is right up there with Wolf Hall and Boss as one of the most impressively produced and acted recent TV series, by my reckoning.
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Re: The Handmaid’s Tale

Postby K » 02 Jul 2017, 23:21

God, yes, excellent. I've shyed away from this thread because it seems some people have seen the whole thing - I'm on C4 and episode 6.
It's a chilling, powerful story and an incredibly well made adaptation.
I get angry watching it wanting to change things, but then I look at myself: what am I doing to change the regimes across the world that repress women like this now?

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