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