It's Complicated: Movie Review
Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John
Director: Nancy Meyers
In this romantic comedy, Meryl Streep is Jane who's divorced her philandering
hubby Jack (Alec Baldwin) over a decade ago. Since then, she's carved herself a
dandy life as she cooks and he's remarried to a younger model with a child.
However, as they come together to celebrate their son's graduation, the pair
find there's still an attraction and against the odds begin an affair.
As they rekindle their relationship, it becomes clear that Jack's more into
it than Jane as he views it as a reconciliation and a chance to get back
together. So things are further complicated when Jane's architect Adam (a muted
playing it straight Steve Martin) starts to develop feelings for her.
Ultimately things start to come to a head for Jane and she has to find her
place in these relationships&
Meryl Streep was Golden Globe nominated for this piece - and it's easy to see
why. It's clearly her film - and while Baldwin brings his roguish caddish comedy
touch to the role, neither he nor Martin can compete with Streep - she's light
years ahead of them on the screen.
She manages to brilliantly use a deftness of touch to make Jane the likeable
element in this - left on the sidelines and unsure of how to get involved in
relationships, her transition is plausible, pleasant and in places, funny. She
gives a masterclass on bringing subtlety to the character.
Meyers wrote and directed this piece which not only benefits from some zingy
one liners but an excellent ensemble cast; Martin underplays his sad sack Adam
who's been divorced and unsure of the game for a while - and John Krasinski
provides some much needed comic relief in places) but sadly suffers from a lull
about 75 minutes in.
It's Complicated is going to appeal more to certain sector of the audience
than some; putting it politely, as Nancy Meyers does great films for women, it's
fair to say this charming comedy is squarely in the grab a bunch of your
girlfriends and head to the flicks.