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‘Let Them All Talk’ Film Review: Meryl Streep Contemplates Life, Love and Literature on Transatlantic Voyage

‘Let Them All Talk’ Film Review: Meryl Streep Contemplates Life, Love and Literature on Transatlantic Voyage

After enduring any number of paid celebrity vacations disguised as feature films, it’s edifying to learn that a cast and crew can have a great journey and make a worthwhile film at the same time, as Steven Soderbergh and an impressive ensemble have done with “Let Them All Talk,” filmed almost entirely during a real transatlantic, New York-to-Southampton crossing on the Queen Mary 2.

You won’t begrudge Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Gemma Chan and Lucas Hedges getting an ocean voyage out of the deal, since this comedy-drama about a blocked novelist having an awkward reunion with old friends is such a witty exploration of relationships and of the responsibility artists have to their muses. It’s “Wild Strawberries” for women of a certain age, and a big improvement over Soderbergh and Streep’s previous collaboration, the disjointed “The Laundromat.”

Streep stars as Alice, an acclaimed author. Her

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