Wild Nights With Emily

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  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    It often seemed like the actors were reading their lines for the first time and trying hard not to laugh.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Hubby has seen a lot of these Emily Dickinson biopics over the years and the way Dickinson is portrayed here is the antithesis of anything you've seen. If this is your first dealing with one, like it was for my wife, then you may be better off. Even if this is 100% real, the film just wasn't funny. It's a comedy filled with long stretches of time where we were both bored. Molly Shannon is acting the heck out of this, but we're talking a great comedic actress in a comedy where she doesn't make you laugh. For us that adds up to a miss. And if this is the TRUE Emily Dickinson story (the press packet had citations to facts), then YOU GO GIRL!! Final Score: Hubby: 4.2/Wife: 5.6 Average: 4.9/10
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    So glad this movie was made! It's laugh-out-loud funny and an important window into what we had been taught about Emily Dickinson in years past and why. Thank you Madeleine Olnek and everyone involved for the great writing, casting, acting and everything else!
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Molly Shannon stars as Emily Dickinson in the satirical comedy Wild Nights with Emily. Based on a stage play (and it shows), the story follow a supposed homosexual relationship Emily Dickinson had with her sister-in-law. Unfortunately it tries to mix period drama with farce and doesn't quite get there. And the actors don't seem to be on the same page either. Also, the directing is pretty weak, as many of the scenes come off looking staged and the backgrounds and settings are rather dull. Still, some of the comedy bits work, and there's some cleverness to the script in how it uses a frame story with an unreliable narrator. Wild Nights with Emily isn't all bad, but it doesn't translate to screen very well.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    This is a marvelous retelling of the life of Emily Dickinson. Emily was underestimated throughout her life, but Molly Shannon brings a joy to a somber existence that burns with a bright flame of love, passion, and joyous expression. I do not understand the negative viewer reviews....Emily seems to have evoked these types of responses throughout her life, so it shouldn't be surprising that this film does the same. A joy to watch and marvel at this passionate woman living somewhat of a secret life....historically edited to portray her as a withdrawn spinster, avoiding public display, when in reality she was bursting with passion, desire, and singing her love to her muse. Respect.
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    A joyously funny Feminist re-examination of Dickinson's personal life.
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    This is a small film about the life of Emily Dickinson. Now I have seen the recent apple tv series with Haliee Steinfeld about this subject and the actress they cast as young Emily looks so much like Steinfeld that it was a bit weird.. but the majority of the film has Molly Shannon playing her in her later days. The movie is mostly about her relationship with her sister-in-law, and the moves after her death to hide that relationship by the woman who published her poems. They do a decent job with it, but some of the scenes are a bit too stilted and the the pacing has some issues.
  • 1 of 5 stars
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    I normally love movies about famous people told from another angle. I usually love independent films and especially those with historical settings. My question is how they heck did they make a movie about a famous person in a lesbian relationship boring? I don't know how they did it - but wowzah. Snoozefest. Wooden acting and oddly paced. I want those 2 hours of my life back. This one was my husband's choice - so he owes me at least the next two movies.
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    This has to be one of the most awful, poorly-written, poorly-acted cheap-looking excuse for a movie I've ever seen. I want my time back.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    really interestingly written and directed