Margaret Atwood's novel is exceptionally well adapted here in this 6 part series by writer/producer Sarah Polley and director Mary Harron. The mostly true tale takes place in 19th century Upper Canada (pre-confederation) and has much to say about the beliefs, morals and social parameters of its time period. Sarah Gadon is simply astonishing as Grace backed by a well cast group of players.
Sarah Gadon, are you fucking kidding me.... What a beautiful beast. 6 hours spent watching her acting the shit of this challenging character. Felt everything. Cinematography and actors are beautiful. About the plot i could say this slow and detailed story absorbed me but the ending not really hits me like the introduction and the development parts of the story.
A woman's guilt is determined by men on the basis of facts and logic and truth, but what constitutes facts logic and truth are what a man chooses to accept or not accept. "Lock Her up! Lock Her up!" Sarah Polley follows up Stories We Tell with a story a woman tells and Mary Harron directs beautifully.
1.5* Sarah Gadon is wonderful and that I made it past episode three was all because of her. This was a thematic mess and ugly as sin. Netflix churns out mediocre product and we all need to collectively stop fawning over its "prestige releases" simply because it appeals to our worst tendencies of excess. I left feeling as if I'd flushed my Sunday down the drain whilst stuck to a couch.
Great tension is built up for what is ultimately a predictable outcome from the beginning. It doesn't really set itself apart much from similar shows except for being set in the historical intersection between spirituality and psychology, but other than a few problems I have with the script (that might also be a source problem), it's executed with a precision that almost makes the awful ending worth it.
Canada has prestige tv now. Anyways, this is simply spectacular. Sarah Gadon is stellar, the writing and direction constantly engaging. One of the better miniseries I've seen recently, and I would say, a more interesting text than The Handmaid's Tale.
(3.5) The portrayal of desire between Gadon and Holcroft was very convincing and involving! Anna Paquin's mood swings were done so well. Margaret Atwood's cameo was superb. On the other hand, as it happens in many period dramas, the sets, housework and daily grime were too aestheticized, too beautiful.