I wanna see on either the blooper reel or the DVD extras, the complete versions of Streep covering "Bad Romance" &'Get The Party Started'!I wish her tribute song was Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" (also covered by Springsteen). Arguably her best performance in more than a decade.Not since 'The Hours' or 'Adaptation', has she been this controlled, understated, subtle & moving,without overacting or "going for the Oscar".
Would've likely been mediocre or, at the very least, forgettable had anyone else besides Meryl Streep played the titular character. Not by any means a groundbreaking film about a broken family dynamic (better than "This is Where I Leave You," but nowhere near as rich and layered as "August Osage County"), yet does a good job at handling the emotional elements without the whiny, "you weren't there for me" theatrics.
Oh boy, where to even begin with this one! Wanted to like it. Had her name not been attached to it, I would have never guessed that the quick-witted Diablo Cody wrote this script. Song replaced dialogue. So many unresolved moments about passe social issues. Oh, and a really overused joke about Whole Foods. Meryl's wonderful voice, abused with one too many classic rock anthems, could not even save this film.
This was such a waste of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Diablo Cody's screenplay is highly unfocused, with too many underwritten subplots, too many fruitless musical sequences, and an illogical finale that forgoes plot development to give the audience a quick, happy ending. It's a shame because Streep and Gummer, while both exemplary, could have been really great if they had more to work with.
Has all the airs of being an interesting examination of the intersection between the carefree attitudes of the babyboomer generation and the neuroses that their children managed to develop subsequently. However what starts promising quickly becomes toothless, as the film appears happy to let bygones be, and afterall doesn't personality account for something? Terrible misfire ending.
Higher rating than it deserves, mainly out of sheer surprise that Cody could inspire emotions in me. But maybe we're all just confounded by Streep's performance. My recent cynicism about her lately came to a full stop; this is her best character since The Devil Wears Prada. The "Drift Away" scene, where musical performance marries drama and has a beautiful tearful baby, is the key one. Squares circles, otherwise.