Meryl really does dissolve into her roles; it's impressive. Jones is good here too. The problem is pacing, & lack of variety. The film did what a film should never do: it became boring. Not for a long time, but for long enough. Steve Carrell is wasted. That role could have been played by an unknown. There's some sweet moments, & some affecting sad ones, but they weren't enough to make it a good film. 2&1/2 stars.
Entertaining and pleasent summer entertainment for the grown-ups. Streep and Jones play very well off each other in this well told tale about complacency and loss of passion in a long term marriage. Supporting cast really have little to no purpose and film would have been better losing all subplots. One completely buys into this relationship and can identify with the characters through our own spouses or parents.
Obviously written by a committee where some of the committee members were trying to make something interesting and the rest trying to steer the movie back into safe territory. The music people should've been fired. Carrell shows a boldness in playing it remarkably straight.
I was happily surprised by the film's frankness about the awkwardness of sex and the difficulty of relationships, but it felt a little unwilling to let go of its own genre constraints as middle-aged housewife porn (which, don't get me wrong, I LOVE). Also, I kept waiting for Steve Carrell to fart or something.
Direction and scoring soften the script's sometimes very jagged edges, but the performances don't. If all involved had kept to the courage of their convictions, this could have been something really special; instead it's only a slight cut above regular multiplex fare.