Meryl Streep's Movies Reviews

I would like to confess, though millions may disagree, that although I believe Meryl Streep is one acting powerhouse, a goddess of the silver screen, I don't believe that all of her performances are Oscar-worthy. I say that because her being in a movie is usually enough to nominate her to an Academy Award. However, if there is one thing to be said about Meryl Streep’s career is that she is as adventurous in taking roles as she is versatile in portraying them.

As I said when I discussed Amy Adams’ filmography, in Julie and Julia (♦♦♦) is Streep and Tucci’s talents that light up the screen and make the movie worth seen. In Adaptation (♦♦), I was so taking aback by marihuana-smoking Streep that I totally missed the point of the movie. However, I will give this movie a try sometime in the future to see if I still think the same way. In The Bridges of Madison County (♦♦♦), Streep stars opposite Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven, Gran Torino) as Francesca, a discontent housewife that has an affair with a traveling photographer. In all fairness, Streep’s performance in this movie is not bad, quite on the contrary, she shines due to the realism she imparts to her character; in other words, she looks like a bored and left aside housewife, but it is precisely that which takes from the supposed romanticism of the film. However, the spark that she lacks in those previous films, she more than makes up for in Doubt (♦♦♦♦), It’s Complicated (♦♦♦♦), Mamma Mia (♦♦♦♦) and The Devil Wears Prada (♦♦♦♦).

In Doubt, as a mother superior of a parish school, she confronts a priest suspected of committing a crime and what ensues is a face-off of two acting powerhouses (Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman). The result is both powerful and thought provoking. It’s Complicated is a hysterical comedy about two exes that reunite ten years after their divorce and the complications that ensue. Even though Steve Martin is the most recognized funny face in the movie, it’s the megatalents of Streep and Alec Baldwin that set the screen on fire. In Mamma Mia, Streep surprises me again with delectable results. The whole cast is fun, playful and they can surely sing, so I can honestly say that I had a great time watching this movie. Who would have thought that Meryl Streep could juggle three men in a summer and sing too?! In The Devil Wears Prada both Streep and Anne Hathaway glow equally, and that’s not easy feat considering Streep’s experience over Hathaway, but the movie is all the better for it. Hathaway as a fashion office assistant in a famous magazine and Streep as Miranda Priestly, the boss from hell, form an unlikely pair.

Before discussing the all-time classic Kramer vs. Kramer (♦♦♦♦), I’m going to talk briefly about Dark Matter (♦♦♦♦) and Evening (♦♦♦♦). Both of these films are unpretentious yet haunting, the stories cling on you for days. Dark Matter is based on a true story about a Chinese PhD student who proposes a novel cosmology theory as his dissertation and becomes entangled in university politics which ultimately cost him his degree and his family’s lifelong dream. Evening is the all-female story of love affairs, family tragedy and forgiveness. This film owes more to the megatalents of Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, In Her Shoes), Mamie Gummer and the ever sweet Claire Danes (Les Miserables, Shopgirl) than to Meryl Streep; still, Streep’s performance however brief doesn’t go unnoticed. Even if all her highly rated movies wouldn’t be considered, her performance in one film has placed Streep in the Hollywood’s firmament forever: Kramer vs. Kramer. In this movie, Streep is a housewife consumed by chores and motherhood who decides to leave her family (husband and child) to have a life of her own. After she leaves, the father--Dustin Hoffman in a career-making role--and son become close and begin to pick up the pieces left by the mother’s abandonment, but right when they have already made it on their own, she comes back and threatens to break the father-son bond.

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