Genre: Drama - Dystopian fiction
Created by: Bruce Miller
Based on: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Starring: Elisabeth Moss - Joseph Fiennes - Yvonne Strahovski - Alexis Bledel - Madeline Brewer - Ann Dowd - O. T. Fagbenle - Max Minghella - Samira Wiley
Executive producer(s): Bruce Miller - Warren Littlefield - Reed Morano - Daniel Wilson - Fran Sears & Ilene Chaiken
Producer(s): Margaret Atwood & Elizabeth Moss
Original Network: Hulu
REVIEW: In every book we read, either fiction or non-fiction and its sub-genres we find stories with meaning, stories that touch us in many ways. When you read stories that have a social impact they fall under a whole different category. The Handmaid’s Tale is the TV series adaptation of the book by the same name by the incredible Margaret Atwood.
If you have read the book you already know the impact The Handmaid’s Tale can have on its readers. This adaptation was timed perfectly. With the past elections in the USA and its results, our society has seen extraordinary changes, and not all positives. As the release of this TV show unveils, the plot in which women rights are stripped away and women are used as a reproduction tool for the rich and affluent, cast a shadow over USA political & socio-economy situation. As our society changes and religion seems to be a strong part in our current government affairs, one can’t help but imagine how far the currents events will alter our society, and how close it is coming to be The Handmaid’s Tale. Its similarities & thematic to current events hits home, and it hits hard.
The Handmaid’s Tale represents feminism and resistance in a way that resonates with today’s environment and it clearly represents our current socio-economic situation. A fantastic and well-made adaptation that transition beautifully from the book to the small screen. The acting, the characters, and the plot pulls the viewers and readers alike to a world one could only imagine being part of a horrific nightmare.
The Handmaid’s Tale is wonderfully adapted, it brings so many questions to the table. And in only 4 episode, I can tell with certainty that its meaning and impact is extraordinary. If you have yet to read the book, please do so. It is an amazing story and if you are yet to watch the series (only in its 4th episode) please do so. Hulu has given us all a fantastic cast of characters and a beautiful story that while it terrifies us, it will also enlighten us because it teach us to appreciate what we have but which could be lost at any time, FREEDOM.
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