Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin ----"It's Complicated" entirely too "Complicated"

by on Monday, January 11 2010, 3:12pm. Viewed 1,046 times.

In my opinion, which I realize is not everyone else's consensus, with a cast this great I was really expecting "It's Complicated" to be a wonderful outstanding romantic comedy.  What did I get?  Basically a comedy.  I'm sorry but when I am prepared to see romance I want dynamite chemistry, clearcut easily identifiable couples getting together at the end and a tear jerker lump in your throat ending like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or "Sleepless in Seattle".   I don't know what was so wrong but maybe it was as it so often is anymore------none of the characters were very interesting or appealing.  I just didn't care who Meryl Streep ended up with.  Now there was definitely some comedy and those scenes were laugh outloud funny.  There was another problem I had with it.  I couldn't actually figure out which of the three or four "adult" children were supposed to be Streep's and Baldwin's kids.  I couldnt' figure out how old they were and one I thought might be gay turned out to be someone's fiance.  It was all very confusing.  Not complicated----confusing.

Alec Baldwin is also so much younger in real life than Meryl I couldn't get past that.  Steve Martin is older but there is no chemistry at all.  I've read reviews that say that this is a "love story" for the more mature generation.  If this is what being mature is I'll take immature anyday.  Give me sophomoric humor!!!! 

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My2Cents wrote
on Monday, January 11 2010, 11:11pm

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.  I have no idea how old Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin are, but it made no difference.  What I noticed was the nuanced emotions amongst them.  Steve Martin's performance evoked empathy for someone who has had their heart trampled and yet was willing to try again.  Meryl's & Alec's performances evoked the bittersweet emotion of "if only we knew then what we know now".  In the end, each understands that you can't go back.  I found the "children" insignificant to the story other than to reinforce the stereotype that "Mom" is to blame for (_____)[fill in the blank].  I cannot imagine why you were expecting sophmoric humor from this movie.  I was left feeling hopeful that everyone was where they needed to be.  This was 2 hours (and money) well spent.

on Tuesday, January 12 2010, 9:36am

told you to go to Avatar or 2012... wrote
on Tuesday, January 12 2010, 10:50am

Avatar was sold out.  And yes you were right the first time.  You didn't want to see it.  I should have trusted you.  

on Tuesday, January 12 2010, 3:58pm

I have no desire to see "Avatar" or "2012", and no reason to think that I will not like "It's Complicated", since I've liked all of Nancy Meyers' other movies ("Something's Gotta Give", "The Holiday").  I guess now I have to see it!  Hopefully I won't hate it.

on Tuesday, January 12 2010, 7:32pm

Avatar was good...I was pleasantly surprised.  I think I will wait until It's Complicated comes out on DVD.=)  Sherlock Holmes was decent if you feel like going out to a movie.

on Wednesday, January 13 2010, 12:01pm

I follow my son Eric's rule that some movies (the ones with the great special effects) are just meant to be seen on the large screen...and some are just fine on the small screen... wrote
on Wednesday, January 13 2010, 1:28pm

I think Coraline must have been one that was meant for the big screen especially in 3D.  We tried to watch the DVD with the supplied 3D glasses on the small screen and the colors completely washed out.  I don't know if I was bored or just sleepy but I fell asleep after about 15 minutes and woke up when the end credits were rolling.  I'd like to see it again but this time on the big screen in 3D  

on Wednesday, January 13 2010, 2:36pm

that's the problem though...they are so rarely replayed on the big WOULD be nice to see it there though...another one I wish I had seen in IMAX 3D was Beowulf...

PotionsMaster@evpl wrote
on Thursday, January 14 2010, 9:09am

I agree with the rule some movies you have to see on a big screen to appreciate them.  "It's Complicated" seems like it would be the same movie no matter if it's on the theater screen or a TV screen.  "Avatar" and "2012" seem like they need to be larger than life.  

on Wednesday, January 27 2010, 4:34pm

Yeah, I agree with that rule, too - some movies are meant to be seen on the big screen.