Shame (2011)
First screened in December 2011 / Most recently screened in February 2019
Director: Steve McQueen. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Lucy Walters, Elizabeth Masucci, Anna Rose Hopkins, Chazz Menendez, Alex Manette, Robert Montano. Screenplay: Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan.

Twitter Capsule: (2011) Vacillates between moody insight and straw-grasping. Best scene, the date, stuck in patchiest section, the middle. Mercurial.

Second Capsule: (2019) Aka We Need to Talk about Fucking. Heavy wrapping on tiny gifts. Tone and style never feel commensurate with its thin story.

VOR:   Still worth a peek. It's hardly risk-averse. Some scenes, especially with Beharie and Mulligan, light some sparks. But it's a clear disappointment.

Photo © 2011 Fox Searchlight Pictures/Film Four

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

(in December 2011: B)

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actor (Drama): Michael Fassbender

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: Best Actor (Fassbender); FIPRESCI Prize; Young Cinema Award; CinemAvvenire Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Fassbender; also cited for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, and X-Men: First Class)
National Board of Review: Spotlight Award (Fassbender; also cited for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, and X-Men: First Class)
European Film Awards: Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt); Best Film Editing (Joe Walker)
British Independent Film Awards: Best Actor (Fassbender)

Permalink Home 2011 ABC Blog E-Mail