Monday, February 14, 2011

Marie Dressler in "Emma"

Marie Dressler received her last Oscar nomination for playing Emma Thatcher Smith in Emma.

With the help of Marie Dressler, Emma becomes a surprising, terrific little movie. I wouldn't go in it expecting something revolutionary, but if you're looking for a very entertaining, interesting movie, you'll find it with Emma. The story of a kind, dominating woman who helps out a widower with his 3 kids. She helps him out for 32 years, and in the heat of the moment, he asks her to marry him. He suddenly dies, and must fight with his ungrateful kids over his money.

Marie Dressler was simply one of the most interesting actresses to ever be labeled a star, and in Emma all of her natural acting talents show. Emma is a wonderful character, always interesting and engaging, no matter what she is doing. From the very beginning, we see her as a relentlessly caring nanny who will do anything for the children she is in charge for, and we always feel that love between her and her boss, but Dressler fabulously shows it's just a platonic kind of love, until he pops the question. Her performance enters new territory in the second half of the film.

Emma sees the kids she took care of all of their lives turn against her and Dressler perfectly shows the pain and yet understanding of this woman. She is self-sacrificing and won't deny her own needs, or theirs. And to top everything off, Marie Dressler's natural comedic talents are also present in Emma, including some hilarious scenes involving a airplane.

Overall, it's a terrific performance that Marie Dressler completely shines in. I can easily see how her acting style can be not for everyone's taste, but here, she's irresistible, at least for me.


dinasztie said...

I don't know how I would react to this performance.

Sage Slowdive said...

Very well, let's hope.