Was there anything anyone liked?
A lot of the posts here about the film adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, definitely criticize the film. I think generally we all disliked it (myself included…I mean that ending? Seriously?), but at the same time, do you think it did something…anything right?
Personally, one thing I liked about the film was one of the beginning scenes when thy women were being sorted. In Farhat’s Post in response to Aline, I mentioned I didn’t like how linear the film was (here I go criticizing the film while trying NOT to criticize it…) because in the novel, since we’re seeing the world from Offred’s memories, time is more fluid and it feels more “real”—regardless of how real it actually is. Yet the scene where the women were being sorted was so confusing and loud, and panicky, that it was one of those scenes where time didn’t exist. Throughout the movie it felt like time was scrawling forward very slowly but in this scene it may have very well been shattered because it was so chilling to see, especially when they shoved a whole group of women (I think 116 of them?) into the truck marked “Livestock.” In the heat of a moment like that, where everyone is kicking and screaming, what really does matter? Everything is disoriented, and I really liked that effect. I suppose I also liked the scene because it was the last time we actually physically saw the women as real women, instead of machine-like handmaids and robotic wives. The film didn’t delve much in the past, before Gilead was created, so I appreciated the last look at “normal.”
But what about you all? Do you think the film hit the mark somewhere?