Can You Ever Forgive Me? Review
Twentieth Century Fox
What’s It About?
The true story of writer Lee Israel, who loses her job, only to find much more money and creative satisfaction from forging celebrity letters and selling them.
Who’s In It?
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Spy, & more recently The Happytime Murders)
Richard E Grant (Withnail & I, Gosford Park, & more recently Logan)
Other notables include:
Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’ Diary, 45 Years, & more recently Home Again)
Director: Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl)
Having shot to fame in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has pretty much stuck to her winning schtick. But for the first time, at least in memory, she has displayed there is so much more to her, with a wonderful portrayal of writer Lee Israel, a struggling writer and stereotypical older cat lady.
After losing a dead end job she hated, Israel struggles to make ends meet, ultimately finding and selling a Fanny Brice letter she comes across. When informed that she could have got a lot more money if the letter was more lurid and juicy, she gets her creative brain in gear, and over the following years, and with multiple old fashioned type writers, she creates numerous fabricated letters from well known celebrities such as Noel Coward, to make a sizeable income.
She is aided in her endeavours by fellow misfit Jack Hock, and the two lonely and somewhat tragic characters seem to find some sense of meaning in their companionship – that is until the net starts closing in.
McCarthy is wonderful in the role, and is wonderfully supported by Richard E Grant in one of his greatest performances, channelling Withnail all the way – hence both their Oscar nominations.
In A Nutshell:
An interesting story of human frailty comprising huge highs and large lows, with two top turns from the leads.