Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the chance to see ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant and is based on the memoir of Lea Israel. In the film McCarthy plays Israel, a depressed “has been” writer who is barely able to make rent. Israel is a talented writer, but is going through a stage of writer’s block and has not been published for a number of years. After she stumbles upon a letter from a well known figure she decides to embellish the information and sells the letter as a way to make money.
McCarthy is well known for her bubbly personality in many hit comedies. This role stretches her and showcases McCarthy as a serious actor. Lea Israel is a cranky, depressed and unlikable character. McCarthy is able to give the character just enough charisma and charm to allow audiences to overlook her wrong doings and chuckle at her sharp one liners. Richard E Grant is excellent as Israel’s only friend Jack. He ends up becoming entangled in her fraud scheme. Both actors play energetically off each other, Jack is the comic relief and the light counterpart to the gloomy Israel.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a slow burner. The film is moderately paced but thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Director Marielle Heller has succeeded in making a well thought out film. Audiences gain a thorough understanding of the character of Israel and her motivations for committing fraud. The film transgresses its heist storyline, as Heller puts the characters to the forefront and the the heist second. The film has a heartfelt message through touching on themes of loss, death and depression.
In the world of the high budget, action flicks Can You Ever Forgive Me? is refreshingly different and will appeal to a large audience.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? makes for a fun and enjoyable night at the cinema. The film’s heist storyline (and the fact that its true) coupled with excellent actors has critics calling it one of the best films of the year! There has been Oscar Buzz for both McCarthy and Grant as both actors have been nominated for Golden Globes.
In Cinemas December 6