Ricki and the Flash

I rarely go to movies in a first run theater, but my mother and I needed to get out of the house for an afternoon, and had a great time seeing this. I can see my own relations in this mess, but it also makes me feel relatively normal in a fun/weird way.

Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep, and of course fabulous. Mamie Gummer is fantastic as her mess of a daughter. I really liked her character, who’s breakdown is the inciting incident of the whole plot. Yet it still seems like there should have been more about her. Rick Springfield doesn’t get a whole ton to do as the Flash’s guitarist/Rick’s kinda-boyfriend, but he’s really great. It’s very much Ricki’s story, and all of the intriguing side characters suffer from it, never developing as much as I want.

I generally like Diablo Cody scripts, but she definitely isn’t for everyone. The dialogue wasn’t as affected as her work can be sometimes, but it has its moments. The music is actually pretty good, definitely better than I expected.

The very end was kind of schmaltzy, but I think it earned it. It deserved the big finale with a lot of feelings — excessive, maybe, grandiose, sure, but that’s fitting for a wannabe rock star. Overall, a pretty great time.


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