Review – The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut)

*This review will contain spoilers for, The Handmaiden. I usually avoid any and all spoilers, but with this film it is just too difficult to write a review and not go into greater detail about particular plot points or character revelations. So be warned, if you haven’t seen the film, this review will spoil some major elements of the expansive story.*  

The Handmaiden, directed by Chan-wook Park, is an exquisitely constructed piece of cinema. Every aspect of it seems so meticulously handled; each part of the intricate story is weaved in such a way that you can’t, and don’t, ever want to avert your attention. And then each character is continually evolving; causing you to completely re-map your initial assumptions of them. Quite often would this film make me wholly redefine everything I first assumed of it, and that is an incredible film watching experience to be a part of. This is one of those films where I don’t feel I have the writing ability to properly give it its due, but I’m going to try, and so on with the review. Read more