This was mostly really terrible, save for Lee Jones's lived-in performance.
Outside of the Fish Tank
It's kinda admirable for what it's trying to achieve. Most older couples don't want to approach the issue at all. Very tricky for a mainstream film to really examine the topic and this film did it pretty well.
I would have preferred to have watched a episode of In Treatment. Admirable, maybe, but unsuccessful.
Originally Posted by Zuranthium
Only Gosling Forgives
Originally Posted by erikdean
I cannot understand it. It is so subpar. Even other mediocre Streep outings have been more fun.
This movie didn't work for me. I'm starting to realize that I just don't love Meryl Streep as an actress anymore. I haven't enjoyed a performance of hers as much as most seem to in a long while and here I think she is way too mannered and one-note to register. Nothing about her character elicited much of an emotional reaction from me even though she was playing the more emotional and sympathetic character. I believe Tommy Lee Jones' acting performance was a bit better but I wasn't blown away by him either. I agree with most people that the subject is interesting and the ingredients for a great movie are there, but the script doesn't delve deep enough and the story is so slow-moving and uninvolving that I found it really hard to get into to. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen but it's the kind of movie I would watch and immediately forget about if not for the "Oscar buzz" here.
How the hell did Streep get a GG nomination for this and TLJ not? He was kind of brilliant here and different than I've ever seen him. I've seen this Streep performance before.
She told me more about me than I knew myself
I think Meryl and TLJ went somehow the opposite of their "usual" roles.
She seems to do "nothing special", because she mostly does dominating roles. She's far more quiet and "holding back" than in any other role I've seen from her.
On the other hand TLJ slowly becomes the showy character, the husband that really does not want the therapy, although he also fears she might leave him if he does not at least give it a try.
And there's the problem of it all. They don't talk with each other any more. They live in the same house, but not really with each other.
And It's really heartbreaking in the therapy sessions, how exactly these things hurt her and that she's not able to tell what she wants, or that she's afraid to be rejected.
(I'm thankful especially these scenes are not overdone for some good laughs, but rather real and actually intimate)
It's soooo easy to shout at the screen "God damnit, woman, just TALK TO HIM!", but in real life.... these things vanish over the years for most couples.
It's not just sex Kay wants, it's intimacy, the nearness of the man she has married decades ago, who left the bedroom to sleep in a seperate one. Though it's not at all that her husband is really satisfied with the development of their marriage.... he has just accepted it for what it was. Or just given up.
The end might seemed a bit rushed (and the end credits are somehow cheesy), but all in all the film shows some intimate aspects over a relationship that is hardly there anymore. It's really hard to actually put it in a genre, but I'd say it's a light drama with some more or less (akward) funny moments.
And I was astonished how great the chemestry was between Meryl and TLJ. Especially at the end.
That had to be the stormiest kiss she has EVER recieved in a movie!
Though, it's just not Oscar material. Not everything has to be.
It has gotten some good ink, decent money and that's all.
I was hoping for a GG nod for TLJ....
Meryl's nom was somehow expected. It's the Golden Globes (26 previous noms+8wins) we speak here.
I do think it's deserved, just a win was out of the question.
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