Sound Off: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' with Fassbender - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 2, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Sex. NC-17. Fassbender. McQueen. You've heard the buzz, it's finally time to see it for yourself. Even with that NC-17 rating, Fox Searchlight is releasing Steve McQueen's Shame, one of the edgiest yet highly acclaimed films this year, in its uncut form. Michael Fassbender stars as Brandon, a sex-addicted man living in Manhattan whose life is thrown out of balance when his fragile sister, Carey Mulligan, suddenly shows up. Is it as good as everyone is saying? And how is Fassbender - Oscar worthy? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Shame.
To start the discussion, I love this film, it's one of my favorites films of the year (here's my Telluride review), which was surprising because I didn't like McQueen's last effort, Hunger (that's for another day). I believe Fassbender gives one of the best performances of his life, completely embodying the character, and using every little nuance, movement, and glance, as a method of adding an even more immense depth to the character of "Brandon." At it's core, Shame is simply a brilliant, meticulous, contemplative character study that lets its performances speak for themselves. The opening with that moody score and the way it builds was tremendous (one of my favorite openings ever, to be honest) and from that point on it never lets down.
What did you think of McQueen's Shame? One of the best films this year or one of the worst? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!