Shirley (2021)

Josephine Decker directs Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young and Michael Stuhlbarg in this fictionalised representation of horror writer Shirley Jackson’s toxic marriage.

Fine cast, especially Moss, and you definitely feel like you are seeing a film by an auteur. Decker’s house style is tactile, fraught, intimate and discombobulated. I’m not sure I’m a fan of it but the film is her own and it feels remarkable that such stand alone voices are emerging within the current marketplace. Jackson’s marriage is reimagined, viewed through the spectrum of a fictional younger couple… who poetically mirror the real Jackson / Hyman pairing from only slightly better, earlier days. Personally I’d prefer a bit more horror rather than the trauma of a sour relationship but I can’t fault that Decker has achieved her intentions.


Perfect Double Bill: Mary Shelley (2017)

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