Critic Consensus: Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid's Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel that's anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.
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Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values." As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude… More
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It knows the power of story to keep us alert, even when we want to turn away.
There's hope underneath all of the oppression due to the strength of the characters, and episodes aren't just hours of misery from start to finish.
The series is a cautionary tale that at once feels like a cold warning and a hopeful reminder to fight back at the smallest indications of injustice.
The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite novels, so they're bound to mess that up, but get this: it's incredible. It'll blow you away.
When [Margaret] Atwood says her story is rooted in a long-extant reality, I believe her.
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