I gave a wide berth to this on its release (Streep singing out of tune – one up from Mamma Mia), but watched it on tv, having been reminded how good Stephen Frears is by A Very English Scandal (and also wanting to see his first involvement with Hugh Grant).
And it’s great, with not only Streep and Grant good, but Simon Helberg (Howard in The Big Bang Theory) sensational as Jenkins’s accompanist (he really plays the piano too). I bet he had more lines in the script, because he plays completely in reactions – beyond words. His looks – as he relishes the hard cash but feels awkward prostituting himself – are sublime, and make me want to watch The Big Bang Theory with new attention. And tv veteran Nicholas Martin’s script is a gem.