Meryl Streep is Ricki, an aging rocker who is estranged from her family after leaving them all behind to chase her dreams of being a rock star in Hollywood. Fast forward many decades later and Ricki’s life has not turned out how she expected and her kids want nothing to do with her. However, finally the time has come for her to possibly make things right with her family. Can she right the wrongs, or is it too late?
Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? We believe her when she is a nun in Doubt, Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady and even a magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada. So when she turns up as a rocker in Ricki and The Flash, she has us totally buying that she is a rock star!
Streep can not only act, but she can carry a tune and rock a guitar! There are many scenes in the film which are a testament to that. That said, at times when Jonathan Demme, the director, should have called cut. It felt like he was still going, not because the scene added something to the film, but the cameras were still rolling to show us how well Streep can sing and play that guitar!
Streep’s estranged daughter, Julie, is played by her real life daughter Mamie Gummer. The apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Gummer is as mesmerizing as her mother is on screen, and gives her all to her performance (even if she doesn’t always have great lines to deliver).
Given that Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara) wrote the script, I am surprised the film wasn’t edgier and more enthralling. It isn’t hilarious nor is it overly dramatic. Do we really care what happens to the characters? Eh, a little. So why are we all watching it? Well, that’s easy. It’s because of the Queen of the big screen, and possibly our new Rock Goddess, Meryl Streep!