The Handmaid’s Tale is a brilliant new show.
It’s harrowing, depressing and intense. Thanks to a slow, dramatic, uneasy soundtrack, the mood and tone is enhanced. The limited colour palette also adds to this, making it bleak and miserable. At times, this can result in the show being hard to watch. And yet it’s still very engaging and entertaining.
The best thing about The Handmaid’s Tale is the way in which it twists and exaggerates current, modern, social issues. The show looks at issues surrounding feminism, patriarchy, religion and equality. It does so in a smart, sometimes subtle way. At other times, it’s really not subtle at all. This isn’t a negative though, the messages the show is trying to convey are very important and relevant.
Combined with great writing, acting and direction, The Handmaid’s Tale has created a fascinating science fiction world. We only ever get little bits of information, we never get the full story and it leaves us wanting more. For example, we never find out the specifics of how the world ended up the way it is. It’s just something we and the characters have to reluctantly accept.
I highly recommend The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s one of the best new shows this year. It recently got a slew of Emmy nominations too, and they’re all fully deserved.