It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo, a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now, the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete, troubled daughter Julie, engaged ...more
It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo, a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now, the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete, troubled daughter Julie, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam. Filled with regret, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past. less
“Dramatically sound, Ricki and The Flash strikes right chords of humor and emotions!”
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While so many movies these days go for faux-lecturing on "following one's passion" and not conforming to conventional roles imposes upon individuals by the society where the "message" is an end in itself, Jonathan Demme's 'Ricki And The Flash' starts off with the said premise and comprehends, "What next?" It tells the story of Ricki (Meryl Streep), an aging rockstar who left behind her family years back to pursue her calling. Circumstances lead to her visiting the estranged family, a likable husband who was unfaithful to her in the past, and a borderline suicidal daughter who has just been dumped by her husband for another woman. Perhaps what makes the film so effective is that there are really no villains in it. By villains, I don't mean threatening monsters from those superhero films; but everyday villains, like the character played by Rajkumar Rao in 'Queen' or that of Ila's husband in 'The Lunchbox' - figures upon whom the blame for the protagonist's plight can be conveniently put on. The relationships in 'Ricki' do get real messy, but each character is allowed a perspective of their own, we see where everyone's coming from. And this is precisely what makes the poignant core of the film so effective. Demme overstates gestures at times, especially in the early portions, making for on-the-nose, hurried proceedings during portions of the movie. Streep is expectedly pretty good, but the star of the film for me was Audra McDonald who plays Maureen, the stepmother to Ricki's children. She brings terrific grace to her part, lending the film a sublime, mature core which is one of the major reasons why the film works so well.