Rewatched. Seen 20 years ago in french on tv, this deserved clearly better. I did not realise at the time how good this production was, with qualified director Robert Benton, Almendros´eye, and a big Actor Studio performance from Dustin Hoffman (over the top ? i don´t know, i think he´s fine). Some touching bits, and a nice on-screen chemistry between Henry and Hoffman. Somehow an important film.
The film has held up very well, due mainly to the performances of the three leads. Several moments are just excellent, and the directing and shooting style fit the script well. This is a character film, no need for flash. Streep comes close to stealing the film but Hoffman holds his own, turning in a heartfelt and touchingly memorable performance. 4.5 stars
I didn't have expectations much for this film except knowing it had won an oscar. By the end of it- I was taken aback by performances from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep - strong characters in 1970s new york struggling with marriage, parenthood, overcoming their gender roles in society and finally relating to their son. This is a surprising one i will be sharing with my friends.
Never seen this film before. At the time it came out it was definitely not my kind of movie. There was a lot of fuss about it. Sounded kind of schmaltzy. Now it seems a rather poignant comment on the inevitable disappointments of marriage and inescapable cruelties of divorce and custody procedures. Surprisingly tender performances by the three main characters.
This film was so powerful; a clear example of how a simple story can feel so emotionally relevant when there is a great writing behind it and three incredible actors in front of a camera. It asks so many questions around family, marriage and childhood without giving away any easy answer; what's even more impressive is that it does so without feeling clichéd but by always keeping a true authenticity storytelling-wise.
Very much a product of its time, Kramer Vs Kramer has very good performances, as you'd expect, from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, and also young Justin Henry (playing the boy who ends up at the centre of a custody battle). It also has some decent moments showing the daily battles of being a busy parent. But the rest of the film is very standard stuff, at best, and the third act feels very anti-climactic.
Cried a lot. Loved Nestor Almendros' photography. Was interesting just to see all those clothes and those interiors. Not sure how this spoke to 70s society but I feel that this hasn't aged badly. Meryl Streep's performance is out of this world - and I'm not a default Streep fan. Fantastic film.
A film that will become one of the first primitive efforts to portray divorce in the annals of cinema and a clumsy attempt in form and content, partially due to the histrionic performances of a hyper Hoffman and a lacrimogenous Streep, partially because of a polemic look at parental roles and gender. It shows society coming to terms with the break-up of the monolithic family core, that shock here first unraveling.
There is much to admire in this film, though the way in which the story is framed is somewhat dated. How are we to feel about Meryl Streep's character? If only she'd had more screen time, we might feel less uncomfortable with the film's final scene. All in all, we have much to be thankful for in the ways in which custody laws have improved.