So, of course, I saw this opening night for Mrs. Gummer and wasn't too exciting for it when I first saw the trailer, but the recent reviews and praises made me anticipate it more earlier this week.
The movie, as a whole, is surprisingly solid. I commend the script for focusing on these two characters without wasting time and energy on funny, useless supporting players, like we see most often. The kids were barely a factor, which was nice too - it didn't matter who they were or what they did. It sticks with these two from beginning to the end and I was pretty impressed how much I knew about both of them by the end of the movie. Definitely a character study of Kay and Arnold and speaks true to a lot of couples. While watching, I was wondering to myself, 'have I done all I could do in my relationship?' It's pretty telling that 60+ couples on screen are completely relevant and I could relate to them fully. I was pleasantly surprised with this film. It's smart, it's touching and uncomfortably funny.
As for the performances, I was most impressed with Tommy Lee Jones. His slight nuances and rare smiles in the film is such a treat. He's charming and believable. His particular scene in the movie theater is pure gold. His face and reactions are just priceless. His character takes a pretty great journey and at the end, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted them to work out, but I was still rooting for his character. Jones and Streep play well together and from their uncomfortable physical scenes to their stand-offish dialogue-filled banter towards one another, they show skilled chemistry. Streep is subdued in this role, which is rare for audiences to see. Her voice is meek and I don't think I can remember a character that Streep has ever played that is this subdued. Streep does what she does best - reacting. Her smiles and facial reactions are priceless.
I think there's a chance Streep can get in with this film, especially (like has been said in the Actress thread) if it's a box office hit. Word of mouth will help this film do well. I think they'll both get in for Globes, easily.