Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a biography of real life author-come-fraudster Lee Israel, played by Melissa McCarthy. For some reason McCarthy is divisive, I don’t really understand why people dislike her but I then don’t understand a lot of things. Sorry to burst the bubble of my omniscience. I think McCarthy is very funny, and Richard E. Grant is always good value- he’s on great form here as an amusing mess of a man who is really only Lee’s friend through circumstance. The two bungle their way through illegal, literary smash and grabs.
I was never bored but Can You Ever Forgive Me? is not a film I feel any need to see again. That probably sounds harsh, because it’s a perfectly decent way to spend almost two hours and you might want to read more into its subject, Lee Israel, because as McCarthy plays her at least, she was a woman of talent and conflict. 6/10