Kramer vs. Kramer Reviews
This is a movie I'm gonna have to side with haters and not the academy on.
If you watch the making of featurette, the director explains the reason for Meryl Streep's character leaving. She had to leave because she felt mentally unstable due to how Hoffman's character had treated her. In leaving, she showed the ultimate love toward her son. Which is worse: An unstable mother staying around, or leaving and getting her life together? If you look at a case such as Andrea Yates, the answer is clear.
~April 2, 2016~
Smashing drama about wife who walks out on husband and leaves him to take care of their young son. Not a false note in characterization, the two lead performances rate--and receive--unforgettable performances. Oscars for Picture, Actor, Actress, Direction, Original Screenplay. Evocative and moving; a truly wonderful film.
Saw this on 23/2/16
Dustin Hoffman gives his career best performance and although in a small role, Meryl Streep also manages to make her mark, not to mention the performance of child actor Justin Henry. It doesn't take sides and its effective as a father-son relationship drama which also doesn't use melodrama to establish its themes. However, in the end, the film just doesn't seem to be that satisfying, with a predictable ending, mostly because no ending can properly justify the premise.