Evaluate: Streep invitations us on a lovely, meandering experience
Review: Streep invites us on an exciting, challenging journey
It is safe to say that this is not a good time for shipping companies.
With that in mind, Cunard should be thrilled that a new movie has emerged – or 90% – on Queen Mary 2, with its magnificent dining rooms, bright seaside views, night discos and tea afternoons.
On the contrary, one of Steven Soderbergh’s most intriguing features of “Let Them All Talk,” a clever and insightful video that feels, unfortunate, almost exhausted and exaggerated, is not his plot or the good news – the star Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen – but the same viewing gives us the opportunity to “cross over” the top.
Think “Titanic,” but don’t lean. Or the team struggles. Or a raft / door that Leo would otherwise not fit.
But we leave. What you need to know is that the crossing from New York to Southampton, England, takes seven days, so “Let Them All Talk,” referring to the successful but insecure writer on his way to London for the award, was filmed a week ago in 2019. Soderbergh, who enjoys adversity like this, seems to have changed his cycle at night. Another interesting story from the production of the film: In order not to confuse paying customers, the ship took part in one movie in the daily action. Like in: Trivia Competition on Deck 4, or Making Movies with Meryl on Deck 2!
Streep is cast as well as Alice, who won Pulitzer for one of her books but is self-doubting, criticizing people for being appreciative. Alice has just won another coveted prize, but she tells her writer Karen (good Gemma Chan) that she can’t fly. Karen suggests that she travels by train instead. Alice agrees, as long as she can bring in guests – two old college friends and her nephew, Tyler (Lucas Hedges, acting as usual.)
What is not known is why Alice asked her friends, Susan (Wiest) and Roberta (Bergen), since it had been several decades since she had seen them. Why now?
Roberta is skeptical. She has been holding a grudge for years because she knows that Alice chose more about her troubled marriage in her book, “You Always / You Never.” And now Roberta, who is divorced and experiencing difficulties as a lingerie salesman, suspects that Alice wants to use her life again, in a row.
Instead, no one knows if Alice is writing the results – just writing something. Karen is horrified by the new book, and she secretly hides the contents of the ship so that she can spy on Alice from a distance. This is not a very satisfying point, but it does allow for love between Karen and young Tyler.
If the conversation doesn’t seem to work, that’s why. Exhibits by Deborah Eisenberg are extras; actors are also unchanged. While this allows for some refreshments, it does not always work as well as it should.
The actors, that’s fine. Bergen is a threat due to rude hatred under the more conspicuous appearance, and has a lot to work with Wiest, who is destined to become a soft-spoken peace-maker. The light of Bergen’s fury alone is worth seeing.
As for Streep, he doesn’t just push, and the last-minute twist makes you want to come back to re-examine his artwork, to get ideas.
But there’s one funny moment that’s the old Streep, where he talks to a writer on the market. He asks her, at dinner, how long it takes to write one of her books, but doubts nanosecond before saying “books,” and snaps her fingers – a destructive, murderous form with perfect wealth.
Ellen Mirojnick’s outfits tend to be a bit weird, probably because they were chosen for their rooms. No wonder everyone learns that Streep has so many beautiful handkerchiefs.
It’s a pretty straightforward one – just like Alice does, two layers. But we also wish the riders were mixing drinks or tea. It’s not just beautiful. It is true that they can walk at all. Sighing.
In the end, the movie looks like it’s getting to its destination. The incident between Alice and Roberta involves issues of copyright and technical license that has not yet been finalized. We are a little late for the game. But the journey has been wonderful.
“Let All Speak,” the release of HBO Max, voted R and Motion Picture Association of America “in the language.” Running time: 113 minutes. Two and a half stars.
MPAA Definition of R: Prohibited. Less than 17 years of age need a parent or supervisor.
Author JOCELYN NOVECK
Author AP National