Ricki and the Flash (Netflix)

2017 At the movies March 2017 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the March 2017 Edition

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer
Director: Jonathan Demme

“A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.”

As I’ve said before, I’ll watch anything involving Meryl Streep. Her talents are so expansive that I continue to give her my utmost respect. This production is something new in her repertoire as she portrays a musician with a life long dream of stardom. As the byline indicates, she has given up everything in her pursuits. This includes a husband and two children whom she apparently walked out on. So, of course, the story deals with some real emotional family issues covering shame, rejection, love and healing. I really enjoyed the movie and, of course, viewing yet another twist on the capabilities of this multi-faceted actress. Her real life daughter Mamie Gummer plays her daughter in the movie with notable skill as well.

I did a bit of research to confirm the authenticity of the musical performances. Yes, indeed, Meryl and the band performed for real and is likely why these performances came across as well as they did. Below is a quote from my research. Enjoy this movie, too, if you have the chance. It’s light hearted and sincere.

“Talking to Parade, Ricki and the Flash director Jonathan Demme insisted that all the musical performances were re-corded live, without playback or dubbing. The Streep you hear in the film is the same Streep who was singing on set. Added Streep, “We did everything live. Aug 7, 2015”

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