February 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm #466738
What’s your favorite among these choices?
I would say ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ or ‘Julie & Julia’!February 12, 2012 at 3:56 am #466740
I would say that both “She-Devil” and “Death Becomes Her”, while clearly not Best Picture frontrunners, pretty much made her popular in different ways than earlier. She’s delightful in both. I picked “DBH” as the opening of the film with her performing “That’s Not Me” on Broadway made the deal for me. “Postcards from the Edge” is great movie but equally drama and comedy. I haven’t seen “Julie & Julia” yet and I would consider her role in “Devil Wears Prada” supporting one, as great as she was. I was not a fan of “Mamma Mia!” and “It’s Complicated” – neither films nor her performances in it.
February 12, 2012 at 7:51 am #466741
Well, it’s really hard, because I like them all…
I’d rank it
1. Death becomes her (awesome! Would definitely be one of my personal Oscar nominations for her!)
2. Mamma Mia! (yes, seriously. The film is campy as hell, but it was overacting with such love and joy of life itself, so I really don’t care. I love love LOVE it!)
3. The Devil wears Prada (*lol* Miranda Priestly is NOT supporting, no matter how much screentime Hathaway had. Even though you could not see her, she was always there-one of her best Globe wins)
4. She-Devil (what a great entrance in comedy-well deserved nomination)
5. Julie&Julia (wonderful heartwarming performance-still my personal winner of 2009)
6. It’s Complicated (I don’t know why, but she was so… “free” in this. Natural, without any pressure. And funny. I love the party scene and afterwards in the bakery so much)
7. Postcards from the Edge (ugh, last place? Well, one had to be it…. But it was a very good performance, especially the confrontation scenes with Shirley. And that song!)
But hey, it’s just my personal ranking. 😉
And it was really hard…. I would have nominated her for “Prime” too. Very underrated performance.February 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm #466742
^Good ranking GhostOrchid. I really loved her in Prime as well, it was a laid back performance that I quite enjoyed. Would have been worthy for this award, but than again her role was Supporting in that film.
I can’t rank them in any order, because they are all very different performances that I enjoyed for different reasons that cannot be compared. However my absolute favorite performance here and probably my favorite top performance from her has to be Devil Wears Prada. It was the type of performance that she completely vanished into as Miranda Priestly, and became the main attraction. I had to keep reminding myself that it was Meryl Streep portraying the character, though she did such an iconic job. She definitely wasn’t supporting in this role (like I said before she was the main attraction.), though I would have wished there was more screentime with her character. Would have been worthy for the Oscar in ’06, but I think Mirren was very worthy of her win.
She-Devil: I’ve never seen this film, but from wat I have heard it must be very bad.
Postcards from the Edge: One of my favorite films and performances by her. Loved her chemistry with Shirley Maclaine, and I absolutely loved her singing. Most especially the very ending performance. Very random Oscar nomination, but definitely deserved. Should’ve won the Globe over Julia Robert’s overrated Pretty Woman.
Death Becomes Her: The Very first film I have ever seen by Meryl Streep when I was like 3 years old. I was very impressed with her as the standout. The film didn’t age well, but I still can’t get enough of that film even today.
Mamma Mia: Eh I didn’t care for the film but I loved loved loved the musical numbers (I’m a ABBA fan). In fact I am obligated to say she did a better job on “Mamma Mia” than the original. Definitely showed that her age isn’t slowing her down, and her fantastic vocals are still intact. But other than that, its my least favorite performance by her.
Its Complicated: I didn’t care much for this film either. It was more of a chick flick than anything. Though this seemed more of a performance without to much pressure or skill focused upon it. She was more laid back and just having fun with the plot line and cast.
Julie and Julia: Oh my lord I absolutely loved this film and her performance! The only problem with this film is that it really was useless with the Juile Powell side of the story (though Amy Adams did the best she could.) Streep was absolutely divine as Julia Child in this feel good delicious comedy! She lightened up every scene, and put on a joyful French accent. She definitely was robbed the Oscar that year (though I ranked her 2nd to Gabourey Sidibe that year.) Stanley Tucci and Jane Lynch were fantastic in this film as well. It would have been nice for them to get nods at the Oscars fro these roles as well if their roles were much longer.
Just my personal analysis. I am a huge Streep fan and I enjoy a lot of her work. Most specifically her comedy films.February 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm #466743
“She-Devil” is very far from very bad. I thought it was ok and certainly didn’t regret watching it. It’s historical first take of Ms. Streep in comedies and she’s delightful. That alone makes it good enough to watch it.
I agree with your thoughts on “Devil Wears Prada” although screentime and input on Anne Hathaway would suggest that Meryl Streep is supporting. If she is easily accepted as lead it’s only due to actress’s unique screen presence and her performance being the best aspect of the film. Miranda Priestley probably wasn’t a lead character in the screenplay, co-lead at the very best.February 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm #466744
1. “The Devil Wears Prada”
2. “Death Becomes Her”
4. “Julie & Julia”
5. “Mamma Mia!”
6. “It’s Complicated”
I haven’t seen the “Postcards from Edge”.
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