August 12, 2012
Likely To Appeal To An Older Audience...A Mundane Play But Engaging Talent.
It's nearly impossible to be qualified to criticize a Meryl Streep acting performance. She brings so many layers to even the most mundane of characters. If ever there were a living example of the adage, "there are no small parts, just small actors," she would be it. This particular screenplay is dreary, yet the talent here makes an otherwise miserable excuse for a play, actually enjoyable. I wouldn't rank this with one of the best movies either Streep or Lee have done, but Carell does shine here against the backdrop of his recent efforts. See this movie if you don't require stimulation or excitement in order to be entertained, as the film relies solely on dialog. You'll have to do a lot of personal projection to empathize with the characters, filling a void very obviously left by the superficial and inconsequential writing of the author. Still, the performers and their chops are well worth the ticket price. For this reason, you likely won't leave feeling disappointed.
found this review helpful.
- Was this helpful to you?