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Under-rated and under-watched, gorgeous soundtrack....,
This review is from: Plenty  [DVD] (DVD)
In some ways you have to feel sorry for Miss Streep. Despite giving yet another superb performance here, for me, "Plenty" never got the recognition it really deserved. Along with "Bridges of Madison County", another of Meryl's seemingly over-looked works, this remains one of my favorite Streep movies.
I, like the previous posting first saw this movie over twenty years ago, and for me it has lost none of its appeal. Its both beautiful and tragic, as we see Streep journey from a young hopeful resistance fighter in wartime France, to diplomats wife in post-war England, and her gradual distain of the mediocraty of her middle class life.
The movie also throws up a few unconventional names, Tracy Ullman and Sting to name but two, Ullman is particularly impressive as Streeps free and easy side-kick and adds some comic lift to the film.
This is one of those movies that i wish had had a CD of the soundtrack released. The music to this film is beautiful, haunting and poignant.
You will either "get" this film or you wont, for me the final (retrospective) scene with Streep stood on a sun-bathed French hillside looking out across the valley and talking of her dreams of the life yet to come is a masterstroke and is key to the whole movie. Its my favorite bit of the whole film.
We all know how good an actress Meryl is (the best in the world perhaps?), and this particular role must have been difficult to carry off, but i think she should be very proud of this movie which for me at any rate, remains an under-rated Streep beaut!
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2014 14:55:32 BDT
Orson Welles says:
It's "mediocrity," not "mediocraty "
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