Entertaining and Intelligent
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? review by JR
Jack, Lee's drinking buddy and accomplice calls Lee ' a horrible c***'. And she is. The only living being she is capable of showing love towards is her cat. She is a misanthropic drunk with criminal tendencies, but the film makes you care deeply about her and Jack. The film is based on Lee Israel's book about how she came to be convicted of forgery; and in the hands of scriptwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, is witty, intelligent, entertaining and melancholic with first rate performances by Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant.
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Interesting, sad, beautifully made but by no means a comedy
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? review by PR
Amazed that this has been marketed as a comedy. It really isn't. It's beautifully shot, excellently acted & the soundtrack is absolutely lovely. It's evocative but very melancholy & one part actually made me cry.
So don't watch this expecting anything upbeat or LOL - it really isn't.
PS: Great soundtrack though!
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Not the comedy we were expecting to see
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? review by EP
This film starts with Melissa McCarthy portrayed as a pathetic has-been writer who is too belligerent to conform to her agent's ideal of an ace biographer.
It then morphs to a hard-up writer in desperation (quite sad) considering any way to survive in New York whilst looking after her cat.
She then meets an old queen (Richard E Grant) who seems sparkly eyed and full of fun but is also hard-up and boozing with no fixed abode.
The 2 of them carry on about forging letters from deceased famous writers for cash.
It is mostly pathos comedy and there are few laugh out loud moments. It is generally well acted by the main parts but in a you know what your getting kind of way.
I was slightly let down by this film as I had higher expectations for the comedy element but if you want to see a bittersweet comedy drama then this might be for you.
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.