TV Review: Praise be to the arresting, topical nightmare of The Handmaid’s Tale

In the theocratic republic of Gilead, Handmaids wear wide Dutch bonnets to conceal their faces from the world—and to shield the world from the Handmaids. But that doesn’t stop the camera of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s take on the award-winning dystopian novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. In the series’ first three episodes (all debuting on April 26, all helmed by Meadowland director and Looking cinematographer Reed Morano), the camera gets all up in Elisabeth Moss’ grill, the better to register the feelings and opinions that her character, Offred, dare not vocalize. We can still hear her inner monologue, though, in curled-lip curses and pained remembrances often taken directly from Atwood’s text. In these voice-overs, and in Morano’s direction, The Handmaid’s Tale recreates the internal nature of Atwood’s narrative, a gripping core for an adaptation that pushes into territory its …

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