June 23, 2012

GMC Day 23: Shame (2011)

Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender

Does someone out there think Michael Fassbender is attractive? Because that might help explain why this movie was made. I mean, when is the last time you saw a movie rated NC-17?

Don't be fooled by the promise of nudity in this movie. There is a lot of nudity (full frontal for both), but it seems gratuitous in its context. It's as if the movie tries to be as taboo as possible (in the American market, anyway. Europeans would probably think nothing of it) without actually doing anything. It pretends to explore a deep sexual secret, but almost misleads you into thinking the movie is about something else taboo (uh...awkward tension between Sissy and Brandon, perhaps?)

Overall, the movie is just really weak. Its ending is another one of those, "Really??" moments. There are looooong periods of silence in which nothing much was happening (which seems to a staple of indie-type movies). I have to wonder if Carey Mulligan just needed the money or if she's trying to shed her 'good girl' image that invariably all cute girls in Hollywood feel compelled to do.

Final word: It grossed well less than its budget. And it's budget didn't even require clothing for the characters. I think that's an indication of something.

The Great Movie Challenge - read it from the beginning here.

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