Time and again Hollywood has come up with films and television series that portray the ills existent in society. The help, for instance, would be a great example of such kinds of movies. The movie centered its plot on the discriminatory practices going on in the society, back then and even now, against the blacks. The Netflix series we are going to talk about might seem a little like this particular movie, but that is till the time you actually take some time out of your schedule and give it a watch. You will then understand that Maid is very different than The Help.
Maid portrays many other themes that have become essential to be discussed in present-day society. It contains within it themes of the indignities of the welfare system in contemporary American society as well as the plight of poor people who last struggle to secure for themselves a life worth living. All of it becomes yet more difficult for a person when the person involved is poor as well as a woman needed.
You are sure to have come across the trailer of the movie or maybe some clips on Facebook or YouTube or elsewhere. If you have been considering whether or not to give it a watch, whether or not it will be just another movie where the woman struggles and it all ends in an extraordinary ending, then I would say to forgo any such debate and give it a watch.
If that is not enough, you can always keep scrolling and see for yourself the plot of the movie and some of the essential aspects of the movie that I feel would be worthy of a watch.
What is the story about?
The story revolves around a woman who belongs to the lower economic strata of society. Struggling to move on from her abusive partner, she is a single mum who wants to secure a better future for herself as well as her daughter.
The pilot of the series begins with a 25-year-old Alex sitting, shaken, looking at the wall and the hole engraved in it. That hole was a result of the anger of her abusive husband. They had an argument and the best the husband could do was to punch a hole into the wall. Alex gathers the little number of belongings she had there, takes her toddler, and leaves their mobile home in which they were currently living.
This was the first time when Alex and her daughter became homeless, but it was not the last time. What followed was a time of utter despair and frustration. Alex was a potential author and wanted to become one full-time. However, her struggle in making both ends meet and securing a good life for herself and her daughter obviously stood as a massive barrier between her and the dream.
Season one ends with Alex moving out from their mobile house and from her abusive husband for good (at least it seemed so).
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Things that viewers might like
The best part about the series, I felt, was the theme and the realistic dynamics portrayed in the series. Not for once did the plot portray something that was extraordinarily exceptional. The adaptation remained true to the memoir till the very end.
The phases of depression and frustration that the protagonist goes through are not dramatic but rather portrayed in a well-meaning manner. The scenes of domestic violence are not there to exaggerate the pain that the poor woman is already facing. Rather the scenes are there to depict exactly what was happening. This is a rather tricky balance to maintain, especially when you are dealing with cliché topics of depression and domestic violence. There is always a chance of slipping into the dramatic shoes while trying to depict the actual intensity of the situation.
Things that might not work out for the viewers
One of the things that might not fit right with the plot would be the charming presence of Margaret Qualley. At times it becomes a bit difficult to add just ourselves with the notion of a poor white woman, forced to reside in an almost inescapable box, being brutally subjected to the loopholes in the welfare system of the American Society.
Some people also keep complaining about how the concept of cleaning houses and the role of the protagonist as a maid keep getting overshadowed by the other themes involved. But I do not see much of a problem there. The maid thing gets blended into the other issues portrayed in the series with brilliant subtlety.
Another thing that I feel you might have an issue with is the block itself. The plot might feel like it is one of those works abundant with issues about cliche topics such as depression, stress, poverty, and so on, all portrayed with an aim to evoke drama in the series. However, I can assure you that that won’t be the case here.
The cinematography is without a doubt brilliant. It brings out the struggles of a single woman trying to battle poverty as well as her own mental illnesses and married life, without being too dramatic. The fact that it is inspired by a true story furthers the sense of satisfaction once you reach the end. With about 10 episodes that are roughly an hour or so long, Maid is definitely worth a watch. The series is probably going to end with one season only as, one, it has been premiered as a limited series, and, two, well given the ending, there is little (negligible) chance of a second season happening.