“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is one of the best Amazon series, which has already collected five Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and a bunch of other equally significant awards. Above him is only “Rubbish”, with a final grade of 87.3 (“Amazing Mrs. Maisel” – 86.7) – which, although good, and managed to win two Emmy awards, but works in a completely different direction. Below, we’ll explain why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the best Amazon TV shows, and how it did it.
Briefly about the plot
The series follows the typical Upper West Side resident Miriam “Midge” Meisel. She has been married for four years, has two children and, without exaggeration, is an ideal wife and housewife. Despite this, her husband still finds a hobby on the side, and, having collected his things in her own suitcase, leaves into the sunset. This unexpected twist of fate not only does not break Miriam, but also helps in revealing the unrealized facet of talent – the ability to joke perfectly, which she begins to actively use.
Too good humor
Good humor in the series, like peplum in cinema, is rare and deserves special mention. In The Amazing Mrs. Maisel, humor is an integral part of the series, one of its main characters, and it’s not just about Miriam’s stand-ups. In the series, everyone jokes, at least those who have the text – they definitely do it. A joke as a plot engine can be found in every third scene. Some of them are so good that they drag on for several episodes, managing to reveal at least two important characters during this time, make fun of their behavior without words, and even make them think.
For example, the scene of the first episode, in which it is shown how Miriam washes at night, and in the morning, waking up a little earlier, putting on makeup and again “falling asleep” demonstrates the girl’s unhealthy pragmatism, unambiguously imposed by someone or something from outside. In the fourth episode of the first season, the same ritual is performed by Miriam’s mother, and we understand how such wild stereotypes got into the head of a young and attractive girl. This joke is fully revealed when Miriam realizes that by doing this ritual every day she not only did not “save” the marriage, but also lost her own “I”, exposing him only in the middle of the night.
See also: “Rubbish” (2016): review, explanation of the idea and the main advantages of the series
An incessant mockery of the classic Upper West Side lifestyle
If you love the Pleasantville aesthetic, then this series is bound to please you. It has almost everything: the sophisticated style of the 60s, good and most importantly ageless humor, a little chest, groovy jazz and, most importantly, all this is an incessant and almost undisguised satire on the lifestyle of wealthy Americans. They say from the screen: “As long as I stand in line for a steak for one, I will sweat like a pig.”
This series is about an intelligent and ambitious woman who becomes such only after a divorce.
And no, we are not saying that the heroine in marriage was stupid or narrow-minded. Everything in her life was subject to everyday life, children and her husband. In this turmoil of “affairs” there was no opportunity to reveal his potential, because he was easily replaced by a diploma in the study of Russian literature, which was never useful in adult life. With the loss of her husband, permanent residence and “financial independence”, Miriam is now and then faced with an ordinary, and not entirely rosy world, which is not as bad as it can be imagined, but not the same as it was before.
It is at this moment that she begins to change the established way of life, making decisions that will characterize her as an intelligent, ambitious and very cheerful person. Get a job as a robot? Easy. Participate in stand-ups and go to parties? As easy as pie. Not accepting offers from your ex-husband? Yes, because it was he who was the one who hindered the disclosure of her potential.
This kind of “modernization”, although found in many films about the era of the 60s, in “The Amazing Mrs. Maisel” looks completely natural. The main character does not try to hide her position in society, she always mentions children and divorce. She is definitely not a victim, because while her husband is having fun with another secretary and working as a vice president in his father’s company, Mrs. Maisel is building her career in full, which, unlike the position of the same vice president, cannot be easily taken away.
This show is not about the classic independent woman.
Although Miriam’s growth from a “first-class housewife” to “an independent and modern girl” is happening quite rapidly, this process does not cause dissatisfaction of the type: “These feminists again.” The original goal of the heroine was just the first point. She wanted to become an ideal wife, had to give birth to her third child by thirty, measured her parameters every day, went to Pilates and did not even think about the existence of another life. The loss of a certain status entails the loss of certain desires, which are either not feasible or have no meaning. For the same reason, the girl decides not to return to her husband, not to live on parental money and to develop her own career.
Despite the rather uncomplicated plot and the absence of heavy drama, the series attracts with its simplicity, humor and a clear message that does not need to be read between the lines. The Amazing Mrs. Maisel is truly amazing. And while she’s not the first of her kind, her story may seem familiar to a lot of women.