PLAY ON- DE­MAND TELE­VI­SION HAND­MAID’S TALE LIVES UP TO HYPE

Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - WENLEI MA

there are no plans yet to broad­cast it on lin­ear TV so you’d bet­ter get stream­ing. This is one of the best things you’ll see on screen this year, thanks to firstrate writ­ing, out­stand­ing per­for­mances and gor­geous cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

It’s a story that is both com­pelling and gen­uinely ter­ri­fy­ing. The United States has be­come the to­tal­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment of Gilead, a dystopian so­ci­ety where women have been stripped of all rights and strat­i­fied into “needs- based” roles. The hand­maids are a class of fer­tile women in a so­ci­ety where preg­nan­cies and healthy live births are rare.

Elis­a­beth Moss, as Of­fred, was an MVP from her Mad Men run and The Hand­maid’s Tale is an­other notch in her belt. Her abil­ity to con­vey the full range of emo­tions on her face with­out speak­ing — di­a­logue is kept to a min­i­mum in Gilead lest you be­tray your­self with in­de­pen­dent thought — is sec­ond to none. Mean­while, her wry voiceover re­veals her in­ner mono­logue and adds some nec­es­sary lev­ity to an other­wise heavy text.

Elis­a­beth Moss.

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