Wild Nights with Emily (review)

Wild Nights with Emily (review)
Wild Nights with Emily (review)
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It might seem odd that Molly Shannon (who’s usually known for being funny) would play reclusive, sullen poet Emily Dickinson. But, even though this isn’t a full-scale comedy, it does have a humorous approach to the secret lifelong love affair she had with her sister-in-law. The film offers insight into the frustrations of having her prolific output blocked by publishers (men) and features a sprinkling of her poems throughout. While the story is interesting and the approach is entertaining, the overall effect is not as enjoyable as a full-scale comedy and not as stimulating as social commentary. Instead of capturing the period with beautiful cinematography, it has a flat, low-budget look. (Criterion Cinemas only)


3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)


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