Elizabeth Moss is fast becoming one of the finest actresses of her generation and with’ Shirley’ she nails another portrayal – this time of horror writer Shirley Jackson
Unpredictable and captivating, ‘Shirley’ is an unconventional biopic focusing on an imagined period when Jackson and her husband take in a younger couple, Rose and Fred. Initially Shirley is displeased by their presence but soon becomes fascinated with Rose, recognising a shared affinity for the macabre.
There are echoes here of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ as the older couple tear into each other. Shirley and her husband Stanley are like George and Martha on steroids gleefully wreaking havoc with the young couple’s lives.
This is a bold film brimming with volatility. As an insight into the artistic inner life it is unflinching and riveting.