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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cine Beaverhausen: Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline

Ricki and the Flash is a movie with more than one pedigree It's directed by Jonathan Demme, Oscar winner for Silence of the Lambs and stars three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Oscar winner (for A Fish Called Wand) Mr Kevin Kline. Somehow, that didn't translate into box-office success for this movie.

Meryl plays Ricki, an over-the-hill rock star now that she's hit sixty. Streep's performance shows off her range as she flexes her comedic and dramatic abilities with equal aplomb.

The ever-sexy Kevin Kline is a great match as her ex-husband, Meryl's daughter is portrayed by her real-life one, Mamie Gummer. Rick Springfield is surprisingly strong as Meryl's younger boyfriend.

The movie's refreshingly lightweight for those in the mood for this kind of entertainment. I felt the script was a little weak, frankly, particularly the dialogue. But it's a star vehicle and that's largely what carries it through.

Meryl's character looks as if she is trying vainly to compete with Madonna with her hair and jewelry in this film. But she sure can belt out a rock tune as she previously demonstrated in Postcards from the Edge. Look out, Lady Gaga!

1 comment:

  1. Her clothing is kind of the point of the film. She's stuck in a time warp and refuses to realize that success has passed her by. Or she has accepted it, and does whatever the hell she wants.