For junkies of true stories and aesthetic and narrative speedballs.
Direction: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Cast: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Forrest Goodluck, Michael Gandolfini Original title: Cherry Country: United States Year: 2021 Release date: 12-3-2021 Genre: Drama Script: Jessica Goldberg , Angela Russo-Otstot (novel by Nico Walker) Photography: Newton Thomas Sigel Synopsis: Nico Walker returns from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, which turns him into an opium addict and, later, a bank robber.
The best: Holland, the grip of the film.
The worst: the feeling of ‘déjà-vu’ that some of his scenes leave behind.
Forged in indie (Pieces), choral comedy (Welcome to Collinwood) or directly from Farrellian aspirations (You, me and now … Dupree) before confirming themselves as efficient managers of titanic budgets and (super) cross-story lines in the In the Marvel Universe, the Russo brothers showed their best powers in front of sitcoms like Arrested Development and, above all, Community. Imaginative staging and an arsenal of clever tributes that never lost sight of well-crafted and original characters.
That is the path they seek to return to with Cherry, an ambitious adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Nico Walker –in whose script Angela, sister of the filmmakers, participates– in which formats, styles and tones are played in search of a narrative melting pot and artie who has not just taken flight weighed down by a transcendence that, despite the drama of the story, collides with its comic touches, meta winks and a drug-chic aesthetic with an Amerikana touch. A worthy company, resting on the shoulders of a dedicated Tom Holland, who would have been better off with less power and more responsibility.