The Handmaid’s Tale was originally a novel from prolific writer Margaret Atwood. I read it about 30 years ago when it came out, but my memory is sketchy. My sketchy memory left me free to watch the new television series The Handmaid’s Tale with fresh eyes. This is a review of season 1. Continue reading “Review: Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale”
Jenny’s Wedding stars Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel as a gay couple who decide to get married. But Jenny’s (Heigl) parents don’t know she’s gay.
Now that the Supreme Court has made it possible for gay people in all 50 states to marry, I suspect we will see a lot of these types of films: coming out to the family, planning a wedding.
This version of the story has a particularly good cast, with Tom Wilkinson as Jenny’s father, Linda Emond as her mother and Grace Gummer as her sister. The film was written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, who also wrote Beaches, White Oleander and Veronica Guerin.
Despite all that pedigree, the trailer looks like a highly sanitized version of a story. There isn’t much chemistry between the two women who are supposed to be in love, is there? I want to like it – women in the lead, a female writer and director. Maybe I’m coming at it from the wrong perspective. The story seems to be more about the way Jenny’s family reacts than it is about Jenny and Kitty. I’m looking for sparks in the wrong places – it’s not about two people in love, it’s about family acceptance.
The film is scheduled for a July 31 release. I’d love comments on what you thought of it after you’ve had a chance to see it on the big screen.