The film, adapted from Susan Scarf Merrill’s book, Jackson (Moss) presents as a bed-ridden wreck, she lives in Vermont with her husband English professor Stanley Heyman (Michael Stolberg) when the aforementioned fictional couple reaches their doorstep.
Fred Nemser (Logan Lerman) arrived for a training ceremony with his new bride Rose (Odessa Young), who was recruited to perform work around the house. However, it turns out that Rose’s main job is to be a companion to Shirley, who – after succeeding in short stories – embarks on a novel, despite Stanley’s fears that she is in a fragile state “not on the order”.
The book will turn to “Hangsman”, which is considered one of Jackson’s best works. However, much is going on, especially for the poor Rose. Shirley is blunt and abusive, while Stanley is eerily obscene, terrorizing her at every opportunity. It is surprising, frankly, that new married couples do not escape from the home immediately, although Fred’s ambitions are used to explain their resilience.
Directed by Josephine Decker (“Madeline’s Madeline”) from Sarah Gubbins’s text, “Shirley” grapples with the ancient problem of how to translate the author’s creative process – all of those ideas that revolve inside her head – to the screen, with fitness success that includes, unfortunately, Weird things.
Structurally, the project feels theatrical play, operating mostly within a narrow space, confirming the narrow parameters of Jackson’s actual world versus her intricately imagined world.
Thus the narrative direction becomes Rose vigilant and the evolving dynamics among women, although Stuhlbarg is very good, despite the intermittent and unattractive nature of his character.
Shirley was clearly dedicated to the Film Festival, offering a narrower narrative where it is easy to enjoy shows without feeling that the trip adds so much. As Moss captures the complexity of Shirley’s character, the movie highlights the reasons behind it all.
At her best, Shirley works in a picture of her time, and how the struggles of a tormented artist were exacerbated by being a woman in the 1950s and early 1960s.
However, in the same way that Shirley works, with Rose’s help, to find the essence of her book, Shirley faces a similar test, and in film talk comes a few short chapters.
“Shirley” premiered in Hulu, on demand and in car theaters on June 5.