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SHIRLEY, Hulus Unconventional Tale Of A Troubled Author Is Worth All Of Your Time

Shirley, Hulu’s Unconventional Tale Of A Troubled Author Is Worth All Of Your Time

A brilliant piece of work by none other than “The Handmaid’s Tale” actor Elizabeth MossShirley is undoubtedly the best performance of her career to date.

Shirley is an American biographical drama film directed by Josephine Decker. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell.

The movie opted out from theatre release due to the COVID 19 pandemic thus, releasing on a digital platform on the 5th of June 2020.

Shirley debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on the 25th of Jan 2020. Director Josephine Decker also won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking.

This film has done exceptionally well & has received loud applause for the spellbinding act by Elizabeth Moss.

She is surely in contention for best actress this year with great performances in Shirley & The Invisible man.

The Film

Shirley is a fictionalized tale of Shirley Jackson’s haunted life. Directed by Josephine Decker, the film is an unconventional take on the renowned author’s life.

Shirley is not a biography but a fictional depiction that relates to the most difficult phase of Shirley Jackson’s life suffering from depression and agoraphobia. 

The film provides a deeper & darker connection with the world that often pushes women to live up to the expectations of others, slowly falling off from reality.

The drama focuses on a young couple who move in with Shirley Jackson & her husband Stanley with the hope of starting a better life.

Odessa Young & Logan Lerman play the role of a newlywed couple Rose & Fred who decide to move into Vermont in the 1960s.

Rose is a college dropout who got married to Fred, who has taken up a university job with professor Stanley Hyman.

Worried about Jackson’s deteriorating condition as she digs herself deeper & deeper into depression, unable to even move out of the bed or start writing about her next novel, Stanley reaches out to Fred asking them to move in their house, making Rose their housekeeper.

Unhappy about the whole arrangement, Rose & Fred move in with Shirley & Hymen but slowly develop a liking towards the new phase of their life.

Rose finds herself drawn towards Jackson almost instantly & as their relationship warms up, she finds herself to be the muse of Jackson’s new novel.

Dealing with Fred’s infidelity, Rose begins to find herself almost invisible in their marriage thus, seeking freedom through the eyes of the author as the missing girl in her new novel.

Rose is the perfect muse to Jackson’s narrative of deferential and self-sacrificing women suppressed by the world.

Shirley is a film that easily connects with its audience. The best thing about the movie is Elizabeth Moss who rightly fits into the shoes of the protagonist. Being at her expressive best through her wide eyes, Elizabeth is extremely convincing to watch in the role of a troubled author.

Sneak Peek At The Real Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson distinguished herself as one of the most prominent writers of spine chilling stories with “The Haunting of Hill House”.

“The Haunting of Hill House” is one of the most remarkable works of fiction of the 20th century that was even praised by the master of horror fiction, Stephen King.

Novelist Shirley Jackson has written many dark stories that made her readers jump out of their beds & scared the hell out of them in the most unconventional ways possible.

Her precise depiction has managed to explore the feelings of anxiety, loneliness, repression, violence, with utmost clarity that is hard to achieve by even the most renowned writers.

Watch the trailer here:

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