Ricki and the Flash Relatively Rocks

Ricki and the Flash was a pleasant picture. It didn’t offer ground-breaking emotion or an unpredictable story, but it was enjoyable. I sat and smiled during the near hour and forty-minute picture. However, that is my usual reaction when I see the one and only Meryl Streep on screen. I also laughed and at times almost cried, which is unusual because I’m a sap. It did have its share of issues, but overall I was happy when I left the theater that night.

Mamie Gummer & Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

Mamie Gummer & Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

The first act of the film does struggle. It seemed that award-winner director Jonathan Demme and award-winning writer Diablo Cody struggled to find the correct tone. Sometimes it strives for comedy, but some of the jokes don’t land or possibly weren’t meant to be funny in the first place. This makes Ricki and the Flash feel awkward and it never really shakes that feeling until the movie’s resolution.

I first heard about this picturea couple of months ago at CinemaCon and have been anticipating it since. Ricki and the Flash follows Ricki (Streep), who is a musician who never gave up her dream to be a rockstar, even if that meant being a neglectful mother. However, when she finds out that her daughter (played by Streep’s real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer) is in a deep depression after a break-up, Ricki flies home to reunite with her family. But she quickly learns that her family might not be so welcoming.

This movie did manage to touch me, I wasn’t profoundly moved but was touched nonetheless. This might be because my mother was sitting on my left, and I could see her crying because of her strong emotional bond with the movie. But, I believe even if she wasn’t sitting there, I would have enjoyed it because of its heart. A predictable movie with a big heart is always better than an empty movie that is original.

I’m pretty sure everyone can predict the highlight of the picture—Meryl Streep. She never ceases to amaze me, her ability to act so purely. I’ve said it a hundred times; she is truly one of the best performers of all-time. Her performance takes this movie from blah to something memorable. Now, I’m not a musician or a singer, to be honest I think I’m tone deaf. But I actually enjoyed Streep’s musical numbers. The music was good and felt like they were performed by someone who would play in a dive bar, which is exactly how a struggling musician should sound. Surprisingly, there is another stand-out performance in the picture, and that is from music artist Rick Springfield. Springfield plays Greg, Ricki’s kind-of-boyfriend. His role doesn’t call for anything too challenging, but there is one scene in particular where he really shines. All-in-all Ricki and the Flash misses some notes and sometimes goes off key, but I still enjoyed the song.

2.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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