by A. West
**** 4 Stars
‘I absolutely adored this show; it’s excellently made as it combines modern music and modern humour with a historical drama which merges together the two eras.’
Created by: Alena Smith
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Hunt, Jane Krakowski, Adrian Enscoe
Plot Synopsis: Dickinson takes place during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily, audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, family and sexuality from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is Emily’s coming-of-age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard.
I absolutely adored this show; it’s excellently made as it combines modern music and modern humour with a historical drama which merges together the two eras. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent as famous poet Emily Dickinson – it’s what I would imagine she’d act like if she was in our era rather than from the 19th century. We see the struggles of what it was like being a female in this era portrayed beautifully by the women, who were always in the kitchen, weren’t allowed to go to university and couldn’t publish their writing without a synonym as a name or a fake name. But not only does it show the struggles women went through, it also reveals the struggles a queer women went through in this time, as we see the somewhat relationship that Sue and Emily have with each other. This is actually true to the real life events as demonstrated by love letters and poems that Emily wrote to Susan. The show truly captures how even if they wanted to be together, it wouldn’t have worked out which leads to Susan marrying Emily’s brother William Austin Dickinson. So personally, within the aspect of the topics covered, I believe it was truly a work of art as we get to see this historical drama in a modern way which would appeal to many other people but also make people aware of just how great of a poet Emily wass, and the struggles she went through in her life.
The scenery and costumes are truly enchanting; we see these two elements enhancing each other to really bring together the feel of the era of the 19th century, placing us back in time. We truly get a feel of what it was like in a Amherst, Massachusetts. The soundtrack was so captivating, it combined work from Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Lizzo and Hailee Steinfeld which helps to attract an younger audience for the show. This personally made the show better for me due to the fact that it wasn’t just the usual historical drama, where it’s just about the events that happened, as this manages to incorporate modern day twists in it.
Dickinson is currently available on Apple TV and was rated 12 by the BBFC.