Top positive review
A moving reflection on the decline of a once top selling author.
5 July 2019
Melissa McCarthy portrays the much troubled life of Lee Israel with compassion and sensitivity, a commendable performance, as is the part of Jack Hock played by Richard E. Grant, indeed the entire casting is first rate. I enjoyed this film so much, I watched it twice in 3 days, it is humbling story of what happens when a best selling author falls down the ladder and her books no longer interest publishers, she ends up in poverty, unable to pay her rent arrears and when her adored pet cat falls ill the veterinary surgeon refuses to treat her until the outstanding account is cleared. In desperation Lee Israel turns to crime in the form of fraud and deception, assisted by her downtrodden gay friend Jack Hock who ends up making things worse not better. It is a deeply moving story and I couldn't help feeling somehow on her side, given her plight it is difficult not to even considering that what she did was so wrong. One of the best cinema release films I have seen for a while