2019 Blind Spot Series: Kramer vs Kramer
What I knew going in: The plot, but nothing else.
I'm not really sure what pushed me to add Kramer vs Kramer to my Blind Spot list. It might have been a recommendation from a friend, it might have been just wanting to cross more best picture winners off my list, I'm not sure. But what I can be sure about is that I'm happy it got there.
Ted (Dustin Hoffman) and Joanna (Meryl Streep) are getting a divorce. Joanna is fed up and leaves Ted with their seven year old son, Billy (Justin Henry) convinced she's not a good mother and he'll be better off with there. Ted has always been a workaholic and has no idea what to do with his son.
From reading the trivia on imdb, it seems Meryl Streep did a lot of saving of this script from Joanna's perspective. It's hard to favor one parent over the other. Sure, Joanna leaves, but she has her reasons. Ted's not a great father, but he gets there. Ultimately, I just felt bad for their relationship crumbling, especially in the court room scenes towards the end of the film.
Hoffman and Streep are both wonderful in their Oscar winning roles, but the star of this film for me was Justin Henry. Amazing child performances are not hard to find and this kid felt so authentic. Every time he cried or got angry over his mom leaving him felt so real. I knew he had been nominated before watching and assumed it was going to be an Abigail Breslin/Little Miss Sunshine situation where any kid would've gotten in for that part but no. He really blew me away.
My only complaint about this film is that I really just wanted more depth. I wanted more information on Ted and Joanna and I wanted to see more of what happened after their court case. (by the way, both of those lawyers were mega-assholes. Jesus) Though I can see why the film chose not to give us that.
Memorable Quote: *whispers* "No" - Ted (Dustin Hoffman)
at May 14, 2019