Film review

The Handmaid’s Tale | Episodes 1 & 2

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Welcome to the most confronting show on the planet. For a woman anyway.

So I knew this season was going to be good but I had no idea it would be THIS GOOD

Episode One 

What a powerful opening to the season. I’m going to keep this as spoiler free as possible but forgive me if I freak out.

It’s like the producers researched medieval torture methods and went ‘okay let’s put them all in one episode. Couple that with an incredible soundtrack and some brilliant acting and we have some amazing cinematics.

I often found myself on the edge of my seat not knowing where the hell the episode was taking me. It went from feeling forlorn to hopeful to sad to empowered.

This episode was like a disclaimer that the rest of the season is going to be bloody good.

I especially love the very end where you’re just sitting there like YES bring on the rest of the season

Episode Two 

While the first episode was a powerful setup, this one slowed things down and explored emotions which I really appreciated

I am in awe of the fact that the story has progressed so far beyond the book

June is in an unpredictable position but she makes the most of it by paying homage to those who have lost their lives to this war. We see her finally take in the gravity of the crimes that the government has committed and we see her finally let herself cry.

Paired with that is her flashbacks of her family. What I’ve always gathered is that the memories of her daughter are what keep her going. I found it interesting how this episode explored what kind of a mother June was. We see her put her child’s health before her husband’s at some parts of the episode.

The next huge thing about this episode was the side story of Emily. Of course this was also our first exposure to the Colonies. I love how she’s getting her own cameo in the show and we learn about her past and her child as well.

There is yet another powerful ending and some connecting dots that are being put in place for the rest of the season

While this show is set so far into the future it manages to constantly address contemporary issues such as female empowerment and LGBTQ rights.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Trailer Reaction

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In anticipation for April 25 when the second season returns I thought it might be high time I make some predictions

The trailer starts off with everyone looking quite distraught and slowly transitions into scenes of rebellion.

It looks like we’re at the brink of a war. Unlike the last season which was all about the handmaid’s this time we’re seeing the ripple effect, the families that were torn apart, people who just want their home back.

We see people travelling on horseback, people being held at gun point and show cases of love. All pointing to a season filled with emotion and shock

The soundtrack is absolutely divine too! it sends goosebumps down your spine and the lyrics can be broken down to mean a million things

The Handmaid’s Tale returns April 25 which is only 22 days away woo!

Book reviews

Book Review | The Handmaid’s Tale

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Classics

Page Count: 311 Pages

Synopsis: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now

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This book is really hard to talk about. It’s just so difficult to explain the world and the story, it’s one of those books you just have to read to understand. Here goes my attempt at convincing you to pick this book up right now.

Plot

The Republic of Gilead formerly known as The United States is a dystopian society where basically women have no rights or freedom. The don’t even have an identity, you’re stripped of your name and given these weird names like Offred which are devoid of meaning or feeling. In the beginning it was difficult to imagine such an oppressive society where you have no control, where words like love are banned. It’s definitely the kind of book that grows on you as you continue reading and you’ll find that by the end you’ll find the most horrific things “normal” in this context.

The scene was set nicely with the introduction of key aspects and characters but for quite a while there was an air of mystery about this society, I mean how did they come about? how did they gain such power and maintain control? These are all questions that are answered obviously as the story continues between the past and the present, surprisingly I didn’t get confused by the constant switching.

Oh and did I mention? there were some serious 1984 (the book) vibes going on in this book, I literally had Deja Vu at some points in the story and of course this book like 1984 has taken over my brain for the past few days.

Characters

Offred is the protagonist of this story and I believe what’s so freakishly good about her character is that she is so …normal? I mean she’s just another thirty something woman who had a man and a child and is now in the wrong circumstances. The decisions she makes are so real, I guess we’d all like to believe we would act as heroes or martyrs if our rights were stolen and we were oppressed but the truth is the majority of us would just do what Offred did, go along with is because resistance requires serious strength.

Along with Offred’s compliance the book also explores resistance among her kind, I mean there’s her best friend Moira who is an absolute rebel and flicks this government and their oppression. I think we all secretly hope we were Rebel Moira.

Writing

The writing is the hardest to explain. It is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is blunt. It is heavy. It is amazing. Atwood manages to paint such a good picture of this world with her feminist rants and such. Nothing is ever glorified, Atwood just says it like it is. Although I do feel like there wasn’t much emotion involved in the writing but it is quite a unique style of writing so it seems obvious there wouldn’t be sappy scenes.

But there would be these moments when Atwood would write these beautiful, poetic phrases and I’m just here like ‘melts’

The Handmaid’s Tale is quite a serious and heavy book exploring important topics that women and men need to read about. I like the fact that the ending was open to interpretation because that just strengthens my withdrawal symptoms with this book. Seriously, go read it.

Rating

4

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