Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the true story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a once notable biographer who turns to forging letters from famous literary writers with the assistance of her friend, Jack (Richard E. Grant).
With dark humor and wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a fascinating watch. Despite the fact the audience knows how the story ends, it is a truly interesting narrative to watch unfold on screen.
However, most of the film’s success is driven by its performances.
Melissa McCarthy gives the best performance of her career, proving she is more than just fart jokes and cheap laughs. Her portrayal of Isreal is tragic, not only showing us what a cynical curmudgeon she was, but also revealing her inner psyche and her loneliness. McCarthy does such a fantastic job at making viewers actual sympathize for this unlikable individual. There is no doubt she will be a contender this awards season and I honestly hope we see the serious side of McCarthy more in the future.
As goes for Richard E. Grant, who is absolutely fantastic. In fact, I’m certain his performance as the fabulous, flamboyant and flawed Jack will also make him a strong contender this season. His onscreen chemistry with McCarthy was dynamite and watching the two banter back and forth was extremely enjoyable.
Final Thoughts: Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a strong biopic mostly due to its praiseworthy and dynamic performances.