Right off the bat, you’re probably thinking Kramer Vs. Kramer. That’s what my friends and I immediately jumped to also! But let’s be honest, Kramer Vs. Kramer isn’t really a masterpiece in the same way that, say, The French Connection or On The Waterfront is a masterpiece. It’s not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination; it’s actually pretty good. I’d watch it if it were on. But if anything, it’s more Dustin Hoffman’s movie than Meryl Streep’s movie. And when you think Dustin Hoffman, Kramer Vs. Kramer is a distant fourth behind The Graduate, Tootsie, and Midnight Cowboy.
Look, I’m not trying to ruffle any feathers here. I’m just calling it like it is.
Of course, next Sophie’s Choice comes up. Sure. Absolutely. That makes complete sense. But have you actually watched Sophie’s Choice lately? Boy, talk about a movie that has not aged well. My performance is very good. No question. Oscar-worthy even. But if it weren’t me delivering those long monologues, people would see Sophie’s Choice for what it really is: a fairly routine melodrama, with a Holocaust backstory thrown in to make the love triangle seem less banal.
I looked at AFI’s top 100 movies list and Sophie’s Choice was No. 91, behind Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense. And truthfully, all I could say was, “That’s about right.”