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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Not because The Handmaid's Tale itself was particularly frightening but because this near future is just a little too close to the truth of where our current reality could go. It's for this reason that everyone must watch it.
This television show could not be more timely. And luckily, it's also brilliant and terrifying.
We'll see where the adaptation goes from here. Already, though, Hulu's series has erased the pale 1990 feature film version directed by Volker Schlondorff, starring Natasha Richardson.
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