The Handmaid’s Tale- a poster gone wrong
Well, the movie failed to release any form of emotion from me, since the world of Gilead was supposed to convey a sense of oppression and lost social, humane values within the viewer. The book was quite vivid and upfront with the thoughts Offred failed to share with anyone but herself, basically her thoughts were her entire being. Since handmaids are not supposed to carry themselves off as sexualized objects, what with the wings forbidding them to have peripheral visions, the poster this film even thought of exhibiting as their promotional logo is quite disappointing. The poster does absolutely no justice to the message Atwood’s novel is trying to instill into the minds of readers and viewers alike. The way Natasha Richardson clutches the bed sheet to her breasts, refusing to let it slip from her hands, while her shoulder blades remain exposed looks like something that came out of a cheap magazine, where one probably flips through the pages, giving it a momentary glance, maybe even evoking some traces of sexual desire within the reader. Basically, the exposure of skin on the poster as well as the content of the film is a big disparity between Offred’s distressing accounts of her life and the hype that the producers wanted to create for their audience, maybe due to budget cuts. Even Natasha Richardson herself realized this missing element since she did want a voice-over narration in the original screenplay which failed to be incorporated into the film. The movie was supposed to be Offred’s story, a story which was supposed to be seen through her eyes. It is a shame that the viewer failed to get his/her money’s worth while sitting through 109 minutes of this film.