Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Meryl Streep

This month I saw two Meryl Streep films. When she first started her career I was so impressed by her performances in films like "The Deerhunter", "Kramer vs. Kramer", "Manhattan" and "Sophie's Choice". Shortly after she became a real movie star, she made great films like "Silkwood" and "Out of Africa". I lost close track of her career although I saw a lot of her films throughout the years, some good, some not so good.
Some really good and internationally acclaimed began to act themselves in every single part like Denzel Washington , Daniel Day Lewis, Robert Deniro among others.
I was thinking at first that she was gearing in that direction, however I was surprised with her role in "Devil wears Prada", there were aspects of her persona but you will soon forget you were looking at her.
In these two films I just watched, especially in Julie & Julia, she has a transformation, without being cartoonish, you are looking at a Julia Childs and that is impressive, particularly today that most Hollywood young famous actors can't act for sure, it's bad. The movie is not great, especially the Julie part played by Amy Adams, she is one of those actresses that suck, she can only play one role the young innocent, sweet girl, just check her films and see.
Streep also lent her voice to the great film by Wes Anderson, "Fantastic Mr. Fox", she is doing cool projects too.
The other movie I saw was "It's complicated" , the movie is a well written American family comedy. Meryl is really good in this film, you begin to understand that she is 60 years old playing the role of an energetic, extremely emotional, sexually active divorcee and it is totally OK. You realize that is great that at her age she was able to break the age cliches in Hollywood including the need for plastic surgery. This proves that when you can act you don't need to have a doll face with "fish lips" to keep on playing the ingenue at 50, very sad. The film is a good Friday night sort of thing, watch it with your parents, everyone will enjoy it. The acting is really good, Alex Baldwin, as the ex husband that wants her back is great and Steve Martin as her architect and potential boyfriend is good as well.

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