Friday, 15 January 2010

Mini Reviews - 'It's Complicated'

It’s Complicated’

Lady, ten years divorced with 3 sprogs has an affair with her ex husband while starting a relationship with a new man. Nut shell synopsis.

Meryl Streep can do no wrong, can she? Even when is called upon to giggle and smirk, she still manages to make the character believable.
You have to give it to her for making this rather wet and sickly screenplay work. But also props should go to Alec Baldwin who almost out shines Streeps by ploughing through the film like the rogue he is portraying. He is almost the one true breath of honesty in the piece.
The film, however is not very funny nor it is very charming. It plays more like a feminist idea of how things should happen, then how they really would. Sure the chemistry between Baldwin and Streep is wonderful, but that is where the chemistry stops. Everything else just feels so phony and polished, like her friends, her children, even her restaurant. Sure this is fantasy, but doesn’t fantasy come across better when grounded in reality?

Grade - C

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