How embarrassing is it that this is one of my favorite movies of all time? Really embarrassing? Sweet.
I know the plot and moral of the story is terrible. (Spoiler Alert) The summary of this film is basically that Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood get away with having an affair for 3 days. Meryl’s kids don’t find that she had this deep love affair with Clint until Meryl passes away, and her kids are so shocked at how much she loved Clint that they decided to write a book about it.
I know, I know, it’s not the most ethical movie to like. However, here is my somewhat twisted reasoning for why I love this movie – you literally can’t lose! Usually in love affair movies you finish the movie feeling like a terrible person because you were rooting for the cheater. Like in “He’s Just Not That Into You” everyone is #teambradley and life is hard.
But in this movie, you start off being #teamclint until Meryl starts thinking about her kids. Then you switch to #teamhusband, but then you realize he’s kind of a sad farm man and then you become #teammeryl and before you know it, the movie’s over and you’re just glad no one got angry!
The movie ends with Meryl and Clint having three days of pure bliss and then Meryl getting a reality check and choosing her family over her passionate love for a photographer. ALL THE BOXES GET CHECKED! That small part of you that wanted Meryl to be with Clint was satisfied because an hour of this film was dedicated to the romance, but your conscious feels great because she stayed with her husband and did it for the kids!! Way to go Meryl!! We’ll just quickly skip over the fact that you were incredibly unfaithful for three days…
Now I’m not saying you need to like this movie, or that it should be ranked high in your personal movie list. I just wanted to share my thoughts on this film and hope that no one judges!
Side note before you decide whether to watch this or not: Meryl’s acting is superb, Clint is a FOX, and the bridges of Madison County are quite beautiful!! Just food for thought.
Popcorn Rating: 4 popped corns for personal reasons, absolutely nothing cinematic