Postcards from the Edge Reviews
Is there the element of satire and I'm/we're just misdirected by it? Possibly, but I don't feel I should care.
On paper, this movie had everything going for it: based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher with screenplay also written by her, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Meryl Streep as Suzanne and Shirley MacLaine as Doris. With that semi-true-story background and those big names involved, surely it should be brilliant?
Well, no. It's not bad, but it feels strangely flat. It's really just a linear story with no great drama or profundities, though there were plenty of opportunities for both.
It does have its comedic moments but it's hardly a laugh-a-minute.
Therein lies the problem, I suspect. By trying to be both a comedy and a drama it succeeds at neither.
Not that this is a terrible movie, not by any means. It is never dull, moving along at a good pace, the ending is pretty good and Meryl Streep puts in a great performance (for which she got an Oscar nomination). It just could have been so much better.