MERYL MOVIE MOMENTS by SJV
On 20th September we published an exclusive new Sainsbury edition of the bestseller – The Meryl Streep Movie Club – by Mia March… so of course I HAD to ask my co-TeamBATC’ers what THEIR fav Meryl movie was…
EMMA - JULIE AND JULIA – Food, more food, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, what’s not to love?! This film will make you want to pick up your mixing bowl and cook up a storm, at the same time as re-evaluating your entire life plan. A definite feel-good rainy weekend movie!
SUZANNE K – MAMMA MIA – While there may be “worthier” Meryl Streep films, performances which have garnered award after award, nothing compares to the sight of our lady in a shiny lycra jumpsuit gyrating to ABBA. This film, for me, reinforces the contention that Meryl is the best female actor of her generation. It proves that there’s nothing she can’t do. She sings, she dances, she air guitars for heaven’s sake (!) and she does it all while pulling off a sensationally unflattering pair of dungarees. I mean, that’s talent. This is the ultimate feel good film, watching it can cheer up the grimmest of days & put a smile on the grumpiest of faces. Meryl looks like she’s having a blast and as a result we are too. While this performance may have been overlooked at the Oscars, it’s a winner in my heart.
SARAH - THE POST – I just love how Meryl portrays the legendary Katherine Graham before she was legendary. I was only aware of her as a steely figure during the Washington Post’s investigation into Watergate, but in The Post, Meryl perfectly judges the transformation of a woman uncomfortable with exerting her authority to realising that she is the authority, and that the buck stops with her. There’s one moment in particular, when she basically tells the man who’s condescending towards her to shut up, and he’s so surprised, he does!
SUZANNE B – POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE – Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine (playing her mom) in this sublime movie based on the novel penned by Carrie Fisher. Irresistible, chaotic, outrageous, poignant, brilliant. Easily one of my favourite movies of the Nineties and, actually, of all time!
DAWN - KRAMER v KRAMER – This incident is one of my earliest memories… It was 1980. I was four years old. It was a mid-week evening and I was sitting quietly with a bottle of coke and a straw watching my Dad play darts at his social club. It was completely out of the norm for me not to be at home with my mum. It was completely out of the norm for me to be out at such a late hour, especially when we weren’t at a wedding. The reason; Mum and Aunty Linda had gone to the cinema to watch Kramer V Kramer.
Mum NEVER went out.
I don’t believe I even understood what a cinema was having not actually been inside the ABC at South Woodford before. I knew there were always queues outside on a Friday and Saturday. And I knew that by brother went there to watch Star Wars a few weeks before, without me because I was too little. So here was I, without her, in a smelly, smoky club watching my Dad and other fat men throw darts, smoke fags, laugh too loudly and there wasn’t even a disco happening in the family room. I didn’t want to be here. I was bored. There were no other kids I wanted to be at home with mum. When we arrived home having picked up a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket, it was clear that Mum was upset.
Mum NEVER got upset.
I knew instinctively that she had been crying. Her eyes were red and puffy and she sounded odd. A sense of unease filled me from bottom to top. “Did you enjoy the film, Love” asked Dad. “Yes” she replied and promptly burst into floods of tears. I was utterly petrified. I have never seen Kramer V Kramer, quite purposely, because I KNOW FOR FACT that it was either Meryl or Dustin who my mum cry.
CLAIRE - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Mine is The Devil Wears Prada because Meryl is just the ULTIMATE B**tch Boss in this; the dead-eye, one-eyebrow-raised expression she uses for reprimanding her PA is truly haunting/ phenomenal.
RHEDD – FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – Meryl pulls her characterisation of Florence Foster Jenkins wonderfully – I saw this movie for the first time last weekend. Only Meryl Streep could make a truly awful singer so endearing! Her relationship with her husband is also beautifully played by Hugh Grant. Entrancing!
SJV - THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – I’m prepared to fight anyone who disagrees that The Bridges of Madison County is the best Meryl movie ever made. Released way back in 1995, co-staring (and produced and directed by) Clint Eastwood, the film is based on the novel by Robert James Waller and tells the story of war bride Francesca (Meryl) who spends just four days with National Geographic photographer Robert (Clint) whilst her husband and children are away at the Illionois state fair in the summer of 1965. There is NOTHING about this movie that I don’t love. Moving. Quiet. Bittersweet. Ignore the fact that it’s about old(er) people in love, this is one of the most heart-breaking love stories ever to grace the silver screen. I defy anyone to get to the scene in the rain with the crucifix hanging from the rear view mirror and not be in bits. ‘We are the choices that we have made, Robert’
MADDIE – RIVER WILD – The River Wild was the first thriller I ever watched, and terrified me! Kevin Bacon was so menacing and Meryl Streep was the strongest woman I had ever seen.
DANI – IT’S COMPLICATED - I adore this movie. I can (and have) watched it time and time again. Meryl is brilliant, humorous and so expressive! I’d say it’s her at her funniest and understated best. Quietly brilliant…
Escape to the breathtaking coast of Maine and let the unmissable novel from Mia March brighten up your summer.
On the coast of Maine sits The Three Captains Inn, a haven for tourists and locals alike. When Lolly, the owner, summons her nieces home, they assume she’s planning to sell the inn, the place they called home after they lost their parents in a car accident that also claimed the life of Lolly’s husband. Little do they know, the truth is far more unimaginable . . .
Along with Kat, Lolly’s daughter, the women reunite for their first summer together in many years and home truths and long buried secrets begin to emerge. Then movie-lover Lolly invites her family to one of her legendary movie nights – this month’s theme: Meryl Streep – and what was intended to be a few hours’ distraction ends up making them question everything they thought they knew about life, love and one another.
As each woman sees her complicated life reflected through the magic of cinema, will they be able to find their own happily-ever-afters before it’s too late?