(2020, USA, 113 min)

World-renowned (and emotionally distant) author Meryl Streep invites nephew Lucas Hedges and old friends Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen on a boat trip to Great Britain, where she will be receiving a prestigious literary prize. During the “crossing”, Hedges falls for his aunt’s agent (Gemma Chan) while Wiest and Bergen attempt to make peace with Streep. This dramatic trifle is nothing more than a lark for director/cinematographer/editor Steven Soderbergh, who apparently shot the film guerilla-style with limited equipment and natural light aboard the Queen Mary 2 prior to COVID-19. The slight script, by well-known short story writer Deborah Eisenberg, gives short shrift to character development and throws in a laughable final act twist that leaves Hedges, Weist, and Bergen twisting in the wind dramatically speaking. At least Soderbergh didn’t shoot it with an iPhone.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.