I know this kind of comedy doesn’t appeal to younger audiences, but “It’s Complicated” is pretty hilarious! When you have Alec Baldwin acting smarmy, he’s fantastic. When you have Meryl Streep just simply personifying her role, it’s a thing of beauty. And when you add Steve Martin acting the role of nice guy, it gets better than you would think. All in all, this film keeps you entertained from beginning to end. Isn’t that the goal of any film, really?
“It’s Complicated” follows a pretty modern story. The parents (played by Baldwin & Streep) have been divorced for a couple of years and the ex-husband has moved on and married again. The parents have 3 children, the youngest of whom is about to leave home & go off to college and the others have just graduated college and the eldest is about to get married. The chaos of this tale revolves around what happens when the parents hook-up over their son’s college graduation weekend. He’s now having an affair with his ex-wife, and she is now the other woman with her ex-husband.
The whole story may not have worked with other actors, but the talent here made it work in spades! There are 2 particular elements that supported this effort: Steve Martin and John Krasinski. Specifically, it is Martin’s lovable nice-guy architect that I found myself rooting for. He sort of stumbles into the whole scenario and you can’t help but want him and Streep to end up together. I was laughing hysterically at the two of them when they go on their 1st date. It’s priceless and so simple as far as humor goes, but they both have such talent at pulling it off! Krasinski plays the fiancé to the parent’s eldest daughter. His scenes both at the hotel and the family gathering right afterwards were funnier than I was expecting. He’s so likeable anyway and you know he can do funny, but the character was indicated as being that strong of a role. I think the actor just sort of ran with a couple of scenes – and they made the movie better for it!
I found “It’s Complicated” to be a strange story but filled with some great moments. It was funny than I thought it was going to be, so if you’re in the mood for a little different kind of comedy, this is worth the watch. It has a realistic feel to it, which I think sells it better than most other comedies out there. I have to say – once again – that Meryl Streep is a fine actress. She may try to be all humble and mild-mannered about things (which makes you like her even more), but I think she might be one of the greatest actors of all time. She does this stuff so effortlessly!
I recommend this film for the 20+ crowd, mainly due to the subject matter. The story doesn’t get dark or twisted, but I think a lot of younger viewers would just find the whole film too slow to keep them engaged.
…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE