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Started by xbod72 on May 28, 2017 6:22:05 PM
The Handmaid's Tale (Ch4, 9pm Sundays).

Starts tonight.

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moto748 - 28 May 2017 18:57:25 (#1 of 801)

Recorded. Looking forward to it.

Pinkgum - 28 May 2017 20:42:21 (#2 of 801)

Me too.

melpomene - 28 May 2017 21:22:56 (#3 of 801)

So far so horrible. It's many years since we read the book, But it is chilling so far.

yumyum - 28 May 2017 21:40:14 (#4 of 801)

Gripping stuff. I saw the film years ago but barely recall any scenes.

xbod72 - 28 May 2017 21:40:32 (#5 of 801)

I didn't know it had been a film as well.

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 21:41:52 (#6 of 801)

Film wasn't very good, although it tried.

melpomene - 28 May 2017 21:51:04 (#7 of 801)

Was the film joely Richardson or am I misremembering? Either way, this is good.

xbod72 - 28 May 2017 21:52:17 (#8 of 801)

Blimey the film was 1990 and only gets 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had guessed the book would be a more recent one. As you can see I know hardly anything about this product so it's all new to me.

Electro2 - 28 May 2017 21:52:40 (#9 of 801)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_T
ale_(film)

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 21:53:36 (#10 of 801)

#7 I think it was, yes. I read somewhere that there was a last minute decision to remove the voiceover from the film, which made a huge difference

I think this is good - more time to build the atmosphere and subtleties.

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 22:04:05 (#11 of 801)

Ah, Natasha Richardson.

Well known book, but perhaps more amongst women?

xbod72 - 28 May 2017 22:13:51 (#12 of 801)

Looks very good so far. Like the choice of music for the end credits.

Was the book a one-off or were there sequels?

airynothing - 28 May 2017 22:19:07 (#13 of 801)

It was a one-off, bod.

That was great. Too many ad breaks, though.

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 22:21:33 (#14 of 801)

One-off, but ending quite open for more. Think I read that Atwood was considering doing more, now. Also noticed that she's one of the producers of this.

airynothing - 28 May 2017 22:22:05 (#15 of 801)

And appeared in it, Hitchcock-like.

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 22:22:08 (#16 of 801)

Yes, too many ad breaks - piling up towards the end.

NicolaBlue - 28 May 2017 22:22:55 (#17 of 801)

I thought it was very well done, as well. Some novels are better suited to the long form TV treatment (although too many ad breaks) rather than than the 2 hour cinema film. I noticed that Atwood is also involved in it.

crabbyoldbat - 28 May 2017 22:23:24 (#18 of 801)

Also, anyone else spot Atwood slapping Offred in an early training scene (just checked it out, and it was her, as an Aunt)

NicolaBlue - 28 May 2017 22:23:38 (#19 of 801)

Bah! Too many quicker fingers than mine!

Gigi76 - 28 May 2017 22:32:30 (#20 of 801)

#18 yes I spotted her too!

I thought it was excellent, lived up to my high hopes.

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