Shame (2011) Review

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Shame (2011)

Directed by Steve McQueen

Starring:
Michael Fassbender
Carey Mulligan
James Badge Dale
Nicole Beharie

Running time: 101 Minutes

Plot Synopsis:
Michael Fassbender is a sex addict and isn’t shy about walking around fully nude.
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My Opinion:

Seriously – I’ll make this a quickie (Ha!). Because, obviously, I’m not mature enough to do a proper review for this. But I have at least decided to not grab a thesaurus and use the word “large” in as many ways as possible throughout the review.
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Michael Fassbender plays a sex addict. So it’s already a movie I can’t relate to in the slightest (TMI?). He struggles with this & it’s very serious & it’s ruining his life and OH MY GOD he’s walking around FULLY NAKED! And I totally didn’t rewind that & freeze frame it & actually take a picture of the TV screen. Who would do that? That would be immature.
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Then Fassbender’s equally messed-up-in-the-head sister Carey Mulligan comes to stay with him unexpectedly (and totally uninvited). And OH MY GOD we see her fully naked too!!!!

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Seriously, though, Fassbender’s acting in this is very very good. I hate to say that I was slightly disappointed with Carey Mulligan, though. Oh I hate saying that as I do like her! But this is the second movie recently that I DIDN’T like her in (The Great Gatsby being the other one but I think that was mainly the fault of the script). She’s fine – she’s not bad in Shame but… I don’t know – Maybe she wasn’t quite right for the role. And I think she just couldn’t out-act Fassbender. They had a good creepy incestuous sexual tension thing going on that worked, though. I guess. Ew.
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Summary:

Does Shame really explore sexual addiction & do we learn anything by the end of the film? No. Only that no addiction is ever a good thing. Oh, and that most of us are totally f*&ked up in some way but some are better at hiding it than others. So the movie only states the obvious and I suppose it was successful for A) a truly great performance from Fassbender and B) being a bit racy, which always gets attention. Heck, it turns into almost full-on porn there for a scene toward the end (I think. I’m not an expert on porn).

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Is it good? Well, yeah. It’s a bit artsy, it’s filmed well (not that I know anything about filmmaking but it all looked very good), and it has some great acting including a very memorable performance from Fassbender. Did it change my life? No. Did it ruin my life? No. Am I glad I watched it? Yes. And I have a picture saved on my phone of my favorite part.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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42 thoughts on “Shame (2011) Review

  1. πŸ˜€ Great review, perfect for the holiday mood. Although I gotta admit that the film was quite distressing to me. It really portrait addiction so well. Even though it was about sex and hoooot Fassbender, it felt so cold and desperate. I don’t think I’ll watch it again. And I liked Mulligan but you’re right. She’s overshadowed by Fassbender.

  2. A picture of your favourite part? Now there’s a play on words if ever I’ve heard one πŸ™‚

    I love this film, love the way it’s filmed and the acting is fantastic. Although it does it does bring up some inadequacy issues for some reason πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Yeah… I know, I’m pretty subtle. Lol πŸ˜‰

      It’s a very good film. Just not entirely sure what it’s trying to say other than “look at these messed up people”. Fassbender really is brilliant in it, though. Seriously. He has a huge talent.

  3. I think Mulligan is cute but even the chance of her getting nekkid doesn’t thrill me enough to risk seeing Fassbender’s peep for two hours. Did you really take a pic of that for your phone? Dirty Parrot!

    Filth!

  4. Wait. You didn’t take that picture, remember? So how is saved on your phone? πŸ™‚

    And good review. I haven’t seen the film yet, so I can’t substantively comment.

  5. Fassbender was so amazing here, it makes me so upset everytime I think about the fact that he didn’t get nominated for this. I mean honestly, he was the best, if not, the most memorable performance of 2011! Good review.

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ Agree – he should have been nominated for sure. Didn’t realize he hadn’t been – I assumed he was. He must have been nominated for ceremonies other than the Oscars – I know he did get noticed for this role at least.

  6. I love this film. I don’t think it’s really about sex addiction, though. Like, it’s part of the film but its more of an examination of how damaged people can pull each other down. Plus, aside from some great acting from Fassbender (and Mulligan, who unlike you I though held her own very well), it’s also got some fantastic direction from McQueen! Nice review

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ It IS a very good film and Fassbender is truly great in it. I was just a little, um… Distracted by his performance. πŸ˜‰ Mulligan is good as well and they worked well together. A good study of how our past can affect us too, I think (which is ever so barely hinted at in this – think maybe just in one line either Fassbender or Mulligan said about their childhood – can’t remember exactly). It’s just always hard to watch movies where you’re watching people on such a downward spiral, I guess.

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  9. This is gold! I’ve had this on my DVR for ages but can’t seem to make myself watch it, and I’m not sure if this makes it any more appealing. Fassbender-junk notwithstanding, of course.

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