Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"The Laundromat" garnering tepid reviews

The Laundromat has now been shown at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. Over forty reviews have been counted, and I'm disappointed to report that most critics are giving it a thumbs-sideways. The majority of concerns seem to center on the fact that the film it disjointed and smug, does not give enough time to cover the wide swath of ground it wishes to traverse, and is wasting its impressive cast on too much frivolity for such a serious topic.

While that's disappointing to read, Meryl is generally getting best-in-show notices. There are rumblings about the fact that she portrays more than one character, one being a Panamanian woman, and how that may be a a misguided and even offensive example of "brownface."

Those detractors are few, but loud, and from what I can understand, the criticism is probably misplaced. I'll hold off on getting too into it until I see the film, but more to come on that.

The sad thing about the film not doing well is that it's likely going to cost Meryl any love come awards season. I could see it having a better chance at the Golden Globes, but and Oscar nom may be out of reach this time. 

There's always Big Little Lies. 


  1. This movie is a real washout according to critics. Streep seems to be the only positive in this project.,,,I’m looking forward to THE PROM in 2020 as awards coming back to fall on Meryl.

  2. Very curious to see her take on a Panamanian woman!

  3. Hollywood Reporter said The Good House project is beginning production this week in Canada but with Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline, not Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro sadly.

    1. Wow. Well, sad it's not Meryl, but looking forward to seeing this story come to the screen.

    2. Wow indeed, wonder how this came to pass?