Ricki and the Flash

Comedy, Drama, Music

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Demme CAST: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Nick Westrate, Hailey Gates, Ben Platt

Rating: 8 out of 10

A Word from the Guise:
This whole film is such a treat. You’ve got a brilliant director, a witty screenwriter (Diablo Cody), and a superb cast. Kevin Kline is delightfully funny as the dad maintaining order and keeping up appearances. Mamie Gummer has proven herself a formidable actor just like her mother, though separate from her mother; she’s more than just “Meryl Streep’s daughter”. I would have loved to have seen more of Audra McDonald, because she is such a wonderful actor. Sebastian Stan and Nick Westrate were simply too cute to handle. And then there’s Meryl Streep…

The singly greatest actor that has ever lived and a role model to my own acting, Meryl Streep is incomparable. When I walked out of the theatre after Ricki and the Flash, I started thinking about all the other films I’ve seen her in. It’s just astounding that a person who has been in so many films has been able to create, and continue to create, characters that are so entirely different from each other, even when there are similarities between them. She captures my attention and wholly suspends my disbelief. With other actors’ performances, there is always at least one scene in each of them where I think, “Oh yeah, I’m watching so-and-so.” Not with Meryl Streep. She plays them so expertly that I am only ever watching her characters: Joanna Kramer, Sophie Zawistowski, Karen Blixen, Madeline Ashton, Karen Silkwood, Susan Orlean, Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Clarissa Vaughn, Miranda Priestly, and now Ricki Randazzo, and everyone else in between. She is the epitome of perfection.

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