Shame ★★★

A great deal of what any viewer will get out of “Shame” will be highly subjective, depending on how much they can identify with its protagonist. Addiction and ambiguity are tied together in ways where the viewer is meant to make moral choices about a good chunk of the characters’ actions, so if you can identify with Fassbender, you’ll likely be more engaged with the film.

I don’t think it’s as interesting as McQueen’s other work since it doesn’t have much of an involving story (partly due to the insistence on ambiguity) and the subject is something of a turn off. But as is typical for his films, it’s exceedingly well shot and lit, and the performances by Fassbender and Mulligan are great. Your mileage may vary widely with this one, so watch with caution. Three stars.

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