Sometimes, in life, you have to follow your dream. Even if following your dream means leaving the ones that you love.
In Ricki and the Flash, Ricki Randazzo aka Linda Brummel (Meryl Streep), gave her up middle class, middle American suburban life decades ago to live the rock and roll life style in Los Angeles. Her ex-husband, Pete (Kevin Kline) remarried and his second wife, Maureen (Audra McDonald), basically took over the mother-void left by Ricki. Then Julie (Mamie Gummer, Streep’s real life daughter), Pete and Ricki’s daughter has an emotional breakdown after her husband leaves her. Returning to the life she left nearly 30 years ago, Ricki/Linda has to face her past and the choices she made.
Some of the reviews that I read tried to put a positive spin on the film, but in reality, other than praising Streep’s performance (as they tend to do, because she is Meryl Streep), they were not kind. I disagree with those reviews. I found this film to be enjoyable, funny and very entertaining. Streep has once again proved why she has the stature as an actress, disappearing into the skin of a woman who made the tough choice to live the dream and leave the typical suburban life that was expected of her.
For a woman who only sings when the part requires, she has a great voice. Her playing felt very authentic. But what struck me as the overarching theme of the film is forgiveness and second chances. We can never predict how the choices we make will affect our lives and the ones who love us. But we can hope that we can be forgiven for our mistakes and have the opportunity for a second chance.
I absolutely recommend it.
Ricki And The Flash is playing in theaters.