Since the inaugural post for this section in March I've inadvertently left it dormant. I watched It's Complicated very recently so thought it would be an appropriate next entry. One of my favorite things about re-watching Streep films is that I catch these little things I missed in previous viewings. Of course one does that with every movie, but particularly with Meryl there are so many layers and subtleties to her performances that it's next to impossible to notice everything on the first go around.
I think we tend to think of this picture as a rom-com and total lifestyle porn. It probably is, but Streep's character of Jane Adler goes through some pretty complicated interesting emotional situations. The modern family dynamic following divorce is explored from the point of view of an independent mother of three adult children. Let's not forget that the film came out when Meryl was 60 years old, which makes the fact that it made $112 domestically pretty astonishing. At the end of 2009 Streep had sort of cemented her 'later-bloomer' box office draw standing. Following 2006's The Devil Wears Prada, 2008's Mamma Mia! and summer 2009's Julie & Julia, we'd enjoyed an unprecedented string of commercial successes for Streep which she has yet to match. The four films mentioned averaged $119 million in the U.S.