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This review is from: It's Complicated [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
First of all, I have to say I love Mery Streep. I don't think the woman can do any wrong on screen, she's so easy to watch and I think she is such a diverse actress. It is her that really made me want to watch this film, and she is so perfect for the lead role of Jane, the woman who has finally moved on from her divorce and is really taking controlling of her life. Streep can say more in 1 look than a lot of actresses can in 500 words and she really exercises this well in this film, one lift scene sticks in my mind! She has such good chemistry with Alec Baldwin who plays her ex-husband Jake, the two are just hilarious and work so well together, his over-enthusiasm compared with her shocked and horrified reactions pair perfectly, and it is comedy gold when they really get going, from Baldwin in particular it has to be said. Baldwin is great as the charming but dim Jake who thought he had it all but quickly realises he lost everything that meant something. While you dislike Jake as a viewer, Baldwin's hilarious performance does endear you to him somewhat and while he's a pig, I couldn't help but like him a tiny bit!
I do have give kudos to Steve Martin in this film as well. He plays architect Adam, who soon becomes a love interest of Jane's, much to the anger of Jake. I did think his character was a little dull at first, nothing special and sort of faded into the background, especially compared to Baldwin's outgoing and enthusiastic performance. However, Martin really came into his own when the infamous "pot" scene comes up, involving both he and Streep. I have not laughed so hard in a long time, and even now I giggle when I think about that scene. It was fantastic to see Martin and Streep just completely letting go as their characters, and you just cannot help but laugh at them and the things that happen, you just couldn't make it up! But seriously, he was a great actor in this film, and certainly the guy you are gunning for Jane to be with by the end because he's just so nice!
It's true that there isn't anything particularly new about this film and its ideas, but what I did like is that it represented older couples dealing with the same issues that are bandied about in films with much younger couples, and finding complications in areas their younger counter-parts wouldn't necessarily do so. Having said that, it doesn't exclude the younger audience at all and I found it a joy to watch from start to finish. In fact, I like the way Jake's new relationship doesn't anywhere match up to his fantasies and he craves the stability and relationship he had with his ex-wife.. there's a good message in there about the grass not always being greener... especially when it comes with a young and annoying child in tow!
The setting of the film mainly evolves around Jane's home, and her bakery, both of which were very visually pleasing. I don't remember too much about the soundtrack, it worked well for the film but nothing much stood out to me except that they had tried to put modern music in and it did work quite well, but again, nothing really stood out to me. However, the comedy was brilliant, the jokes were spot on and not at all over-acted, but that is what you get from casting such high calibre actors - they know how to do it without being OTT and unnecessary. It was just hilarious, I honestly laughed from start to finish, cringed in parts and sat wondering how it would end for Jane, and to be honest, it all ended perfectly both for the viewer and how you want it to go for these characters. As you can probably tell, I can't recommend this film highly enough. It's hilarious, sweet, modern and most of all incredibly enjoyable. Give it a go, you won't regret it!