Monday, August 22, 2016

MERYL Is, Well, Of Course, MERYL, But I Am Telling You--Simon Helberg Steals "Florence Foster Jenkins" From Her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                             Now, darlings, let's face it. How many actors out there can pull an audience's focus from Meryl Streep?  There are not many.  Let's see--

                               Stanley Tucci.   Julianne Moore.  Amy Adams.  Viola Davis.

                               Now, to that list, add Simon Helberg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                               Simon Helberg?  You mean, that guy who is on that show, "The Big Bang Theory," which you could not even pay me to watch, darlings???????????????

                                 That's right.  He gives a remarkable performance.

                                  As does everyone. Stephen Frears is a first rate director, and when Meryl is alone on camera, singing away, she is at her best.  And in the final scene, which is laced with such touching humanity, I got the impression, from the way Meryl played it, that Florence, at the end, knew the truth about herself.

                                   But, she had one hell of a ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                   As for Helberg, as Cosme McMoon, from, of all places San Antonio, he goes from comedic, to genuinely touching as he buys more and more into the relationship with "Madame Florence," seeing her for what she is not, but touched by what she is.

                                    It is a performance that is unexpected and seems to come out of nowhere.  I cannot remember the last time this happened.

                                    But that scene, where he arrives late for the concert, disheveled, having been "jumped by some sailors."  Uhm-hmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You and I know, darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                      MERYL should certainly get an Oscar nod for this film. But so should Simon Helberg.  For now, he becomes an actor to watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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