Ricki and the Flash follows a musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
Directed Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs; Rachel Getting Married) and penned by Oscar winning writer, Diablo Cody (Juno), the storyline is somewhat predictable and lacks the charm some found in Cody’s debut and award winning work in Juno, or the suspense and characterisation found in Demme’s Silence of the Lambs adaption. Considering their previous bodies of work, it’s a shame that Ricki and the Flash was somewhat predicable and dialogue somewhat awkward. There should have been more tension between Streep’s character of Ricki and her children, as there lacked any real sort of connection for this distain and hatred to be based upon.
Much of the audience would go to see this film for their like of Meryl Streep and I don’t blame them. She performs well in any role she undertakes and looks remarkably young for her age. What I also found interesting about this film was that Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, played Ricki’s daughter of Julie in the film, which was a nice touch to add some sort of dynamic to the film.
Kevin K;eine plays Streep’s ex, Pete, within the film, which seemed to have some sort of unresolved feelings for Ricki but these soon disappear upon the return of Kline’s new wife, Maureen. It would’ve been nice to seen more of a story between the two character’s of Ricki and Pete, especially with their interaction when they’re high.
In the end, Ricki and the Flash is an okay film, one that you don’t have to think about and something that you might take your mum or some female friends too, but finds itself uneven and a film that will settle in the back of your mind, not one that will leave that much of an imprint.