Let Them All Talk

Like any artist, Steven Soderbergh knows how to paint his canvas. Having directed several hit movies, he knows how to draw the best out of actors. Those he assembles have appreciated his more authentic style while still delivering crowd-pleasing stories. Although more low-key than previous work, ‘Let Them All Talk’ benefits from a talented cast. With mostly improvised dialogue and using as much natural lighting as possible, ‘Let Them All Talk’ is another refreshing change for a director continually painting with different cinematic brushes.

Alice Hughes (Meryl Streep) is a prize winning author travelling on the Queen Mary cruise ship to England. Journeying to receive another award, she brings along close friends Roberta (Candice Bergen) and Susan (Dianne Wiest). Also joining them is Alice’s nephew Tyler (Lucas Hedges). During the journey the way past and present revelations make the trip one that will never quickly forgotten.

Soderbergh delivers another excellent movie. Walking the tightrope between experimental film-making and traditionally crafted story-telling, ‘Let Them All Talk’ is consistently engaging. Much of that is due to the always watchable performers. You can’t go wrong with Streep, Bergen and Wiest in the same movie, with all apparently working on the film for little money. The smartly written script and a free cruise would have been star attractions. Their characters are expertly interwoven in the film’s main theme of communication and how too much or the lack thereof can affect lives.

The very simple story moves at a brisk pace, always maintaining interest. ‘Let Them All Talk’ benefits from the unusual cinematography, with natural light making events feel more realistic. It’s also a good advert for the Queen Mary, as its luxurious confines stands witness to the ladies’ personal dramas.

Not much else can be said for ‘Let Them All Talk’. Soderberg delivers another interesting and engrossing movie. It’s a fine addition to his eclectic catalogue of commercial films laced with an independent film-making style. The release of his new movies are always worth the wait, as his latest proves his directorial skills remain undimmed.

Rating out of 10: 8


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