Impressed is the best word to describe Meryl Streep's performance in Out of Africa. I have long put off watching many of these highly regarded British colonial/post-colonial films until recently when I fell in love with The Painted Veil. Since then, I've allowed myself to do a little catch-up.
Out of Africa, a best picture winner (along with 6 other academy award wins) is certainly a respectable film, in which Meryl Streep plays a Danish baroness who transplants her life to the Serengeti of Kenya as she struggles with loneliness and tries not to lose her fortune on a new coffee plantation.
The movie is based on the book by Isak Dinesen called The Life of a Storyteller. Dinesen is a fake name (I forget the right word people use) for the woman Meryl Streep plays (Karen Blixen). Since it's more of a bio-pic then a well crafted fiction, the story doesn't have natural arc's, climaxes, and resolution, instead it's kind of drawn out with an unfocused (but real) story of disappointment, loneliness, and hope.
During the 1986 Academy Award show, the winner for best actress was veteran Geraldine Page in the film I have never seen called The Trip To Bountiful (with a story synopsis that sort of reminds me of The Straight Story). I'm sure Page does a great job, but I can't help but think the Streep only got ignored because by the 1986 award show Page had been nominated for her 9th time and had yet never won.
Maybe that's why the Academy is making it up to Meryl Streep and nominating her at every chance they get?
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