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Critic reviews for Late
Has there been a science fiction dystopia less inimical to pulpy escapism than that conjured by this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's cult novel?
First of all, yikes. The scariest part of all that is that it's completely plausible. It's so easy to be complacent. I know I'm guilty of that.
We may scoff at the stark uniforms and the heightened ceremonies, letting the extremes of the society pass as a fantasy rather than a possibility. But after Episode 3, the gap between the two eras is closed. I, for one, feel wide awake.
At this point in the series, I have to doff my wimple to writer Bruce Miller who has employed such economy in the dialogue it's like every word comes carefully wrapped and placed in the scene. The most quietly savage episode yet.
In the book version of The Handmaid's Tale, Ofglen dies... But now, Ofglen is still alive and could very easily remain part of the story. And I hope she does.
"Late," and Bledel's performance in particular, has been sitting in my stomach for some time now, growing ever more powerful and sour. It has stunned me, critically and personally. It did, and does, exactly what it's designed to do.
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