I should disclaim that I’m probably right in the sweet spot of people who are going to see Ricki And The Flash.
I’m (you know like most living a breathing humans) a huge fan of Meryl Streep, small stories about families, themes about being a woman in this world, and of writer Diablo Codey, who I often explain, helped me figure out who to be friends with in college. (If you didn’t get Juno, and what she was trying to do with that movie, you were “just have drinks together” level of friend. If you understood the movie then we could move on to deeper things.) So, I knew that at the very least, I was going to enjoy watching this movie, and probably be quoting it on and off.
Also, my mom wanted to see it, and it’s incredibly difficult to get my mother into a movie theater, so I always jump at the chance.
Anyway, Ricki And The Flash is a fun movie, with quippy dialog, great music, a small family story, and amazing performances by a really great cast. It’s also interesting to note that in a film that features three of the best actors working, possibly ever, (Streep, Kevin Kline and Goddess Queen Audra McDonald) the real stand out is Rick Springfield. (Is it low expectations? Is it that he’s playing an old washed up rocker and that’s basically what he is? Is it just his natural charm? Who can say? But he’s wonderful)
Ricki Randazzo, born Linda, is working as the leader of a house band in a dive bar in Tarzana, California. She left her family in Indiana behind to pursue stardom and it didn’t quite work out. She’s called home when her daughter Julie’s husband leaves her, and Julie attempts suicide. There’s also an upcoming wedding, money troubles and a lot of classic rock to go around. Ricki’s kids are understandably bitter towards their mom, but willing to open up again, if cautiously, and it feels earned if a bit conveniently timed (at said wedding) when it happens.
Kline is Ricki’s ex husband, McDonald his second wife, and Springfield her lover and lead guitarist. Ricki and The Flash doesn’t reinvent the wheel or anything, but it’s fun, funny, has an amazing soundtrack and a great cast.
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Inside Out
- Jurassic World
- Ricki And The Flash
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Terminator: Genisys
- Pitch Perfect: 2
The Intern: Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro in a Nancy Meyers movie. Yes please. Thank you for this universe.
Freeheld: I remember when this story was in the news every day, and I’m looking forward to seeing it dramatized. Also, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, dude, I mean, come on!
The Walk: Look, I’m seriously considering just sucking it up and seeing this movie. It looks so damn good.
Spectre: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE. God it looks good. It probably won’t top Skyfall, but it may come damn close.