The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 09, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale is an amazing TV series about a woman named June/Offred who has to adjust to a very cruel and strict society. She is one of the very few women left in the world that are able to have children and because of this, she is kidnapped and is sent to a home that will use her body to have a baby. It is very dark at times, but a huge theme in the series is love. June’s main mission is to find her daughter who was separated from her and I find it is a beautiful storyline about a mother that will not give up no matter the possible consequences. I absolutely love this show as it is so suspenseful and unpredictable, you never know what is going to happen next. I also enjoy watching it as it is filmed in mostly Hamilton, Cambridge and Toronto and it is cool being able to see places that are familiar. In fact, the house Offred stays at is just on the corner of Aberdeen Ave. and Bay St. in Hamilton! This show can be hard to watch at times and it does have inappropriate content for kids, so I would say this show is more for a mature audience. I rate “The Handmaids Tale” 5/5 stars. @KyKy18 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mrsmorris1974
May 31, 2019

What a series, how scary the world, can turn on you, if your
a women. People would say oh, that would not ever happen, here!.
They said the same about, Germany, and it happen there would,
be over,100.00 and 1000,00 or more people murder, for having a different
faith.
Look, on what is happen, in the great ole, U.S.A, now!!.
They are taking women's right away, to have a choice,they will
soon be back in the, middle ages!! This series, shows, us if we,
take our, eye off the ball, this could happen!!. That I think is truly,
scary!!. I think it's something, we all need to keep in mind!!!.

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pifco
Feb 19, 2019

Thanks to the careless and inconsiderate oafs who damage DVDs, I cannot watch and give a review of this series at his time.

March 1.
Now that I've finished viewing an undamaged copy, I can say that it has been an intense experience. The Handmaid's Tale is not easy to watch, but a gripping production with a fine cast is the reward for the viewer.

Offred's tale is truly harrowing. Elisabeth Moss is remarkable in inhabiting the character and expressing the non-verbal, which is vital if not paramount, in her portrayal. Rendering what is not dialogue is the true art in screen acting.

Highly recommended for the non-squeamish.

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lindadancer
Nov 04, 2018

incredible!!!!!

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conniemaas
Oct 25, 2018

Outstanding.. shows not only a future of how women can be subjugated by men to the extreme but how over time, little my little women have their freedoms taken away from them.. Aunt Lydia reflects the women in our own country who for political reasons tell women, men are smarter than women, women's bodies belong to men and women have no rights over their own reproduction..

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vbagnole
Oct 16, 2018

What a thought-provoking series. I read the book many years ago and wasn't sure how it would translate to television but I was pleasantly surprised. You'll experience a range of emotions while watching this show, including discomfort, sadness, fear, anger, hope, and hopelessness. Aside from the wonderful plot and acting, I found myself really impressed by the stunning visual direction in the scenes that featured groups of handmaids. Their movements are beautifully choreographed, a perfect contrast to the horrors the characters are going through. I'm looking forward to Season 2.

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Styler43
Sep 16, 2018

What a disappointment. Very disturbing and depressing. With all that is going in our world right now....really needed something uplifting and these segments for Season 1 did not do it. Have no interest in viewing Season 2.

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PabloNada
Sep 08, 2018

Really... stay away from this one, unless you like crappy TV, in which case there are plenty of others to choose from.

So Implausibly, what looks like a ruling elite of North Toronto snobs takes over the United States through some kind of quasi-religious fundamentalist revolution (we know it is not a real religious revolution because it seems that they hang priests and demolish churches)... ok.

Also inexplicably in a country with a constitution and plenty of lawyers and courts, they pass laws that women cannot hold jobs or possess money...yeah.

This presumably proves so unpopular that this new socialist revolutionary government is forced to field more paramilitary soldiers than Nazi Germany AND a secret poilice (called 'eyes').

There is a global epidemic of infertility (so these leftist totalitarians can't just prop up their declining population with immigration...like they do now), so they basically go National Socialist and communalize the fertile women in service to the state by giving them out to the oligarchic elites to procreate with.

This seems to work about as well as you'd expect.

The characters are even more implausible, our heroine's 'Commander', Fred, is inexplicably seeming to fall in love with the heroine - Offred, in spite of his wife being about 12 times hotter and smarter, and not only that he has access to a real brothel with tons of women. The local secret police agent Nick - who remarkably can't seem to find a way to get laid on his own - also falls for our heroine.

Also Offred's relationship to her husband from 'before' is completely unbelievable though that might just be the acting.

Anyway I think you get it, watch it at your own peril, brain cells are precious.

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susanmusin
Sep 03, 2018

Season One: brilliant literary adaptation! The Handmaid's Tale was conceived /written by self-defined Social Realist, much-beloved Feminist:

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Excerpt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood

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paynem1
Sep 02, 2018

"The Handmaid's Tale"...a frightening, dystopian future; yet is more relevant TODAY than ever. And I wanted to see it because comedianne Michelle Wolf referred to it during the White House Correspondents' Dinner...particularly to see who "Aunt Lydia" was. Woo, she makes me shudder! --Mark A. Payne

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tomdance
Aug 01, 2018

"The Handmaid's Tale" Season 1 is gripping, disturbingly relevant, very well-acted and dramatically produced. We definitely want to see Season 2. This theocratic dystopia is like a wrenchingly deep, slower-paced "Hunger Games" film series combined with HBO's "The Leftovers" series (both also highly recommended). As a lead character, Elisabeth Moss has now broken any type-casting chains that she may have had from her nicely-defined support role in the great "Mad Men" series.

ArapahoeAngelina Jul 09, 2018

The "Handmaid's Tale" is very depressing and some times hard to watch, but at the same time so good. It has been a great discussion starter when talking with family and friends. I could not stop watching this show and I am looking forward for Season 2!

Jiminey Cricket! This is one deeply disturbing series that is more relevant and creepy than ever. Inspired by the classic novel, this series takes it further and deeper (with author M. Atwood as a consultant). When it was written 30+ years ago, it seemed futuristically dystopic. Now, in Trump's America, it seems all to terrifyingly possible.

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KristineLeger
Jun 21, 2018

One of the very best TV productions I have ever watched - acting, cinematography, script - it's all amazing. When the book first came out this scenario seemed to me like it could only happen somewhere far away, but now it seems frighteningly possible in our own backyard.

I loved the book and this adaptation is absolutely worthy of Margaret Atwood's original.

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lavasushi
Jun 16, 2018

This is certainly an Elizabeth Moss vehicle. She can look sad, disappointed, curious, deflated, furious and much more! Not sure it made a lot of sense, but it won a lot of awards. A depressing, harsh, onerous society that oppresses women. That’s not a new story.

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Jodi13
Jun 11, 2018

Read the book first. If you started watching it without reading the book I think it would be rather confusing. If you like feminist dystopian (which I realize isn't for everyone) you'll probably really get into this. It's about 9 hours long and the first 2-3 hours dragged, but by the 4th hour I was hooked.

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BlueHippo
Jun 08, 2018

I read the book and was not at all impressed by that. But the series has gotten so many awards that I thought I would check it out. I will say, this series is much better than the book-easier to follow and to understand what's going on in the series. I also like that they are able to develop some of the minor characters more fully in the series. I will watch the second season when it comes out on DVD.

It's good, but not as good as MR. ROBOT, for instance, another present-age dystopia. I never read the Margaret Atwood novel. So I don't know how faithful this series is to the book. The Religious Right seemed much more threatening in the 1980s. Organized religion is evaporating quickly in the Western world. Racism -- white supremacy -- is the foundation of the right today, not evangelical Christianity. That's why I thought it curious that the foot soldiers of Gilead are presented as both black and lily white. The religious fundamentalists who rule are apparently colorblind. Another curious thing about Gilead is how eco-conscious it is. Pride over a small carbon footprint is not something one usually associates with hard-right Christians. The music is good -- Nina Simone , cello compositions by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tom Petty -- and so is the acting. A complaint -- flashbacks need to be pared back as a narrative tool.

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robsuka
Jun 04, 2018

it's only fair, I don't know how many football games she's watched with me with her eyes glazed over, but this was sooo long. and now I have to prepare for the sequel where my presence will no doubt be mandatory. I must endure "nolite te bastardes carborundorum!"

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Ron@Ottawa
May 23, 2018

Another story set in a future, oppressive society where religious fanaticism makes life hell for most of its citizens. My problem is the total lack of credibility of a story of this nature. And I do not see the reasons for all the accolades heaped on this series. My wife likes the story more so than me, though. I personally was not interested enough to finish it.

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maipenrai
Apr 15, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale is so well done that it is painful to watch. That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but Elizabeth Moss and all the victims of this inhuman system do such a marvelous job depicting the despair and abuses that you cannot help but empathize with them and cheer for any small victory. You find yourself feeling the paranoia of whom to trust, if anyone and the joy of old friendships and loves that are the only sources of hope.
The amazing mind control theme reminded me of 1984's Big Brother and the Nazi regime's terror and atrocities. What makes it all the more disturbing is that all abuses are done in the name of god. I highly recommend the series, but warn that the story is both mesmerizing and terrifying. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2018

Read the book years ago and watched the 1990 feature film with Natasha Richardson as Offred, Robert Duvall as Commander and Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy etc. In this TV series, the only standout actor was Elisabeth Moss as Offred. Personally, Margaret Atwood's 1985 story premise was groundbreaking and remotely conceivable then but outright dubious in 2018. Speed watched the remaining episodes as the producers annoyingly stretched out scene after scene from the film's 109 minutes to nearly 9 hours, punctuated occasionally with "inner dialogues" from Offred.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 26, 2018

Excellent adaptation of a groundbreaking novel. The rape scenes are a bit too much for me, and some of the nudity is just slid in so that men will watch. Be selective and preview before letting younger teens see this--sex, violence, rape, mutilation, foul language.

LibraryAndrea Mar 26, 2018

Get ready to cry, to scream, to cheer for these women. You will need 10 straight hours to watch it the first time. This at the top of my list of favorite TV series.

JCLEdwardR Jan 29, 2018

This series is as great as it is infuriating. To see what the protagonist has to deal with had my skin crawling. The cinematography was really impressive. Some scenes swell with so much silence that it becomes unnerving. No matter how quiet it got, my mind would race with all the potential actions that could take place. This show is well worth your time.


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