POLL: Meryl Streep as an actor

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Moshe V, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    That goes for any business or career in life.
  2. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    I voted "Great actor, lives up to her reputation". Once we settle this question for good, maybe we can move on to the "Sergei Rachmaninoff as a Piano Player" poll. :laugh:

    PHILLYQ Forum Resident

    Brooklyn NY
    Or 'Sophie's Choice', or 'Silkwood', or...
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  4. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Since you think it's a silly poll, why post?
    Y'know, you really don't have to post in a thread you don't like.
  5. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for the contributions.
    I just wanted to know what people's opinions were.

    I would have like to seen more about why people think she's a great actress.
    Between the poll results and the posts here, it's unsurprisingly divided.
    I'm divided myself.
    I guess this is why I wanted to know what everyone's opinions were.
    Why she is a bad actress.
    Why she's a great actress...

    Anyway, thanks.
  6. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

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  7. Edwin Hawley

    Edwin Hawley Forum Resident

    Okobojo, SD
    She is a great actress who has been in many not so great films. What makes a performance good or bad is a matter of personal taste I suppose. Most would agree that when the personality of an actor disappears and they convincingly become a different person, that is a good performance. She has done that successfully on more than one occasion and therefore deserves to be called good at her job.
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  8. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    I went with Great. I've written off Hollywood at this point, but we actually saw Florence Foster Jenkins at the theater when it came out and she cracked me up. She was also really good in The Iron Lady.

    She'll kick the crap out of her male contemporaries at this point. Far more range than DeNiro, Pacino, or Nicholson who have all been on autopilot for years. And I don't think DeNiro was all that great to begin with.
  9. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    I did love It's Complicated so I dunno.
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  10. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    My post reflects the degree to which I feel Streep's talent is unassailable. I'll stand by the analogy, but nobody is obliged to agree. :)
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  11. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    She must be pretty good because sometimes it’s hard to tell if she’s acting or not! :)

    And I gotta say I liked Mama Mia.
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  12. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I think she is a great actor who has some mediocre work out there. But I can't think of any great actors who do not.
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  13. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Come on. Meryl Streep? How about dissecting Michael Jordan, Yo-Yo Ma, and Shakespeare? There was a reason superlative acting over the years became synonymous with her name, along the lines of: “He could be the next Babe Ruth.” Or “Who does she think she’s going to become in Hollywood? The next Meryl Streep?” Icon deservedly.
  14. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    I can confirm that Streep is a better actor than at least two of them, but I never saw Shakespeare perform. ;)
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  15. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    that hack
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  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Yeah “Hamlet” was great but, come on, “a Midsummers nights dream?” Hollywood superhero crap.
  17. masswriter

    masswriter Forum Resident

    New Hampshire

    MS is as unappealing and boring as my Aunt Dotty and her tuna casserole.
  18. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    :unhunh: not gonna do it....
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  19. I was going to post something, but this nails it. Meryl is untouchable.
  20. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Boulful Sallad

    New Zealand
    Not a fan. Basically known these days for being Meryl Streep. Can't say I can think of any performance that I can remember off hand.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018 at 2:21 AM
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  21. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident Thread Starter

    To reiterate:

    I know pretty much nothing about Meryl Streep. I've think I've seen only 3 of her movies.
    All I really know about her is her reputation and the opinions of other people.

    I'm not saying she's a bad actress or a great actress. I honestly don't know.
    I only wanted to know what everyone else thought.
    Is she a great actress? Why?
    Is she a lousy actress? Why?

    This is what I meant to say in the first post.
    I'm just curious as to what others think.

    I do appreciate a lot of the posts here.
  22. HiredGoon

    HiredGoon Forum Resident

    Here's a short collection of her scenes:

    I think Meryl Streep is a great actor, one of the best, like Vanessa Redgrave. That doesn't mean I rush out to see any movie she appears in (Mamma Mia, for example).

    But to argue that Meryl Streep is not a great actor is like arguing that Lennon & McCartney were not great song writers. Incomprehensible to anyone familiar with the craft.

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  23. eric777

    eric777 Forum Resident

    I think she’s good but I don’t think she’s great.
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  24. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    Folks, there are only 4 options on the poll. Please keep your other inside thoughts (like the 37 that I just deleted) outside, thanks.
  25. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    I like her. How about that? Do I like her in everything? No, but then wild horses couldn't drag me to see Mama Mia again. Do I think she's a great actress? Yup.
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