Tomorrow, the Motion Picture Academy will announce nominations for this year’s Oscars. It’s been a tumultuous year for that outfit, from the ill-advised and quickly withdrawn ‘Best Popular Film’ Oscar to the Kevin Hart hosting fiasco. But it always makes for good sport to guess who the Academy will honor and snub — for good and bad reasons — each February.
In case anybody thinks my lavish praise for Crazy Rich Asians means my affection for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has waned, rest assured that is not the case. My heart has room enough for two crowd-pleasing entertainments.
While counting the days to Mamma Mia‘s DVD release, I have sought out other work by the incomparable Lily James. That includes The Darkest Hour, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and a new NetFlix release with a mouthful of a title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
My initial reaction was confusion over how such a wildly uneven quirkfest could be beloved by so many. But I recognized the film’s charms, especially the irresistible ABBA songs and Meryl Streep’s exuberant, full-hearted performance.