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If the film has a flaw, its that it's so preoccupied with balancing its furious feminism with gags about Victorian life that there's little running time to lavish on Dickinson's actual poetry.
Wild Nights With Emily may be Olnek's most political film to date, one that could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet.
However well or poorly it matches the truth of Dickinson's life, the film's vision of her long relationship with Susan is warmly funny.
Olnek has crafted a lovely, heart-warming piece which reminds us of the importance of revisiting and challenging historical narratives and leaves one in both fits of laughter and in need of a few moments of contemplation.
Maybe "Wild Nights with Emily" is one of those films I'll revisit, oh, ten, fifteen years from now and realize I Missed the Boat -- Maybe --
Shifting fluidly from comic romp to serious drama, Nights resuscitates Dickinson from the cobwebbed, sexless mythology that we see, at the movie's end, her prudish literary executives invented for her after her death.
Wild Nights is a comedy through and through but is still emotionally resonant.
Wild Nights With Emily is refreshingly liberating in its laughter, but also rich in worthwhile lessons.
Dickinson fan or not, the premise is interesting and the history fascinating.
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