Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Nominated for 3 Academy Awards- Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay (2018)
Alex's Grade: B
A.'s Grade: A-
In director Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" The audience is transported into New York of the early 1990s. There, we find Melissa McCarthy's Lee Isreal, a desperate, stagnant writer who begins selling forged letters of long-dead artists and writers.
McCarthy's talent has always been giving each one of her characters-no matter how outlandish, silly, or ridiculous-a heart. Here, she does her best work. McCarthy's Israel is mean, calculating, sarcastic, and snobby. Yet somehow, because of McCarthy's acting and Heller's direction, you see the cracks in Israel's facade, and you find yourself caring for this damaged person.
The film is expertly cast, the production design is flawless (look out for the historically accurate "Silence=Death" sign), and slyly hilarious. Israel's best friend in the film, Jack Hock, played by Richard E. Grant, is joyfully and affectionately acted. It's lovely to see the friendship between the characters develop. A refreshing aspect of the film is Isreal and Hock's sexualities- neither character's romantic lives are sensationalized, or overly romanticized and their friendship feels special. .
TL;DR: A virtuoso performance by Melissa McCarthy, the wonderful script, and the compassionate and careful direction make this film something to watch. While the subject of literary forgery may seem uninteresting, the film proves that assumption wrong.
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