‘The Man in the High Castle’ Depicts America Under the Nazis
The new series [on Amazon] is based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo award-winning 1962 novel of the same name. The book is one of Dick's best and most accessible. He was an author known for strange science fiction stories about the malleable nature of reality and perception.
Hollywood has adapted many of his works since his death in 1982. Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report are the most memorable. But none of these adaptations quite capture the tone and feel of the source material.
The Man in the High Castle is different. It's good, and stays true to Dick's vision even as it strays from the specifics.
Those in charge of adapting The Man in the High Castle for television have, so far, done an incredible job. The set design gives the series a grounded sense of place.
From the opening moments in Nazi-controlled New York City to Japanese-held San Francisco, the background gives the series a stark and moody tone. The costumes are likewise incredible.