For those of you looking for a refined comedy-drama with a ton of social importance, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is just the thing. This 2017 Amazon Prime original show takes you into the seemingly perfect life of a housewife in the New York of the 1960s, when her domestic world takes some sharp turns and she discovers a new talent in herself: stand-up comedy. It’s not in any way a typical melodrama with the struggles of a divorced woman left without her husband. Sure, you see struggles, but they are those of a woman who is excited to make her own identity in the world with her talent. Needless to say, the show is a feminist piece to the core. But that’s not the only amazing thing about it. Read on to find out why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a must-watch for anyone who can appreciate good art.
The protagonist is extremely relatable and human in her growth
Even though it’s set nearly six decades ago, people in today’s world can still relate to the characters and their feelings. Mrs. Maisel, or Midge, lives a life that revolves around her husband, and she’s happy with it. But when he decides to leave her (because of his own insecurities), we find her not desolate but free. She jumps right into her dream of realizing her potential and doesn’t give up. She isn’t perfect, and she realizes the hard way that she can’t just do comedy if she hasn’t prepared at all, but the process of her becoming more independent and self-realized is a treat to the eyes. Her failure makes her all the more realistic for us. Plus, she is naturally charismatic, funny, smart, and doesn’t back down from an argument, so you can’t help but love her.
The smallest subtleties cover the misogyny of that society
The show essentially talks about women empowerment, and most of this impact comes from the realization of how deeply rooted patriarchy was in the society. You can pick it out in the conversation between women and men in the show, jokes by some that are outrageously sexist and yet easily accepted, dialogues between Midge and her family that involve such oppressive sentiments and notions of gender roles which are made to seem natural in the scene. It’s almost disgusting to see such extreme things so normalized, but that’s the exact intention of the show makers- to bring out an unapologetic feminist icon in this utterly sexist society. The attention to detail in the script is noteworthy when it comes to this.
You will savor the witty dialogues and jokes
With an aspiring stand-up comedian at its centre, the show is bound to have some great punchlines and quotes. Midge’s unfaltering confidence as she delivers her act just makes her words all the more convincing. It is from her ingeniously written lines that you can tell how perceptive, observant, and intelligent she is, even off the stage; once she actually gets to performing, witty words gush out of her mouth in a steady stream and suddenly she is commanding the whole crowd.
Each of her jokes comes from personal experience and takes a dig at things that surround the common people, making it relatable for EVERYONE. She finds comedy in the most dismal of experiences and leaves others stunned. And it’s not just her. The supporting cast’s lines have been loaded with great zingers, and most of the comedic instances remind you of situations from your own life.
The visuals and costumes are to die for
The plot and the characters are already amazing, but the absolutely stunning backgrounds and dresses just act as the cherry on top. It becomes a little difficult to take your eyes off of Midge Maisel (played to perfection by the gorgeous Rachel Brosnahan) not only because of her dynamic personality but also because of the brilliant outfits she dons. You have blinding bright colors and soothing pastel colors, and don’t forget the powerful black stand-up garbs. Every single costume Midge wears, so perfectly tailor-made and crisp and complete with the glamour of the 50s, makes her a little more iconic than before- it’s not just about how beautiful she looks, but also about the wonders she is achieving in her radiant, power-woman clothes.
It gives us a realistic peek into the world of a comic
Who doesn’t love comedy? It is something that cheers us up even in dark times, and the artists who create genuinely good humor cannot be praised enough. But it is not just a matter of minutes to create a punchline out of thin air. As a show following a comic’s development, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel leads us into the behind-the-scenes of the stage, the jokes, and their delivery. It spills facts about some people copying others’ routines, bombed sets, lessons on how to deal with unexpected pitfalls and hecklers, and the importance of connections with the powerful. And, well, it is a show about a woman making her mark in the comedy world, so it displays the exact scarcity of acceptance for and presence of female comics in this field, none of which hinders Midge from becoming a wonderful, passionate artist.
There are still so many reasons I could give you for watching this show, from Midge and Suzie’s camaraderie to the character development of the supporting cast, but these should suffice for now. Will you be adding The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to your watchlist? Tell us below!
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