CHERRY – Rated R – 2 hrs. 20 mins.

THIS REVIEW IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY KATHY KAISER @matineechat.com

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS:  Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

WRITERS: Angela Russo-Otstot, Jessica Goldberg – Based on a Novel by Nico Walker

STARRING:  Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, Michael Gandolfini, Daniel R. Hill, Fionn O’Shea, and Ann Russo

Who knew that the movie making tag team of Anthony and Joe Russo; you know the brothers who have brought us such fabulous Marvel movies as Captain America (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: End Game (2019) could bring us such a fabulous, semi-autobiographical film, based on the novel by the same name by Nico Walker, but yet, here we are…

Brazenly raw, emotionally charged, and authentic to its core, CHERRY takes us through the many chapters of a young man’s life – from his days in College and finding Emily (Ciara Bravo), his one true love, to the solace, pain and torment he must endure as a medic in the Iraq War, returning home to a hero’s welcome back in Cleveland, but unable to escape the PTSD that consumes him, unless he’s shooting up with his friend, heroin.  And as this life of addiction not only consumes him, but Emily too, it isn’t long before Cherry’s best laid plans for his life takes a detour, as he turns to robbing banks to support his and Emily’s addiction, when he finds himself left with no other option…

And once you finally come down off the roller coaster of emotions you will find yourself in with Cherry, you’ll realize that the Russo Brothers managed to create their most fabulous film to date, bringing Nico Walker’s Cherry to life! They also managed to extract one outstanding and multi-dimensional performance from Tom Holland, in this leading role.  Holland is so amazing, you know right from the start that he has brought his A-game to this incredible, and most definitely Award worthy performance and film.  Newcomer Ciara Bravo also gives an exceptional performance, as the chemistry between her and Holland is undeniable throughout every inch of this film, and it’s coming-of-age storyline. When you add the rest of the perfect performances from the remainder of the cast, including Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, Michael Gandolfini, Daniel R. Hill, Fionn O’Shea, and Ann Russo, you end up with one perfectly crafted film! I am still astounded by the fact that Tom Holland was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild with his incredible performance, so I can only hope that come March 15th, when the Oscar nominations are revealed, that this travesty is rectified!!

Hitting in Theaters on February 26th, and streaming on AppleTV+ starting March 12th – CHERRY is one of those fabulous films that is a definite MUST SEE on the BIG SCREEN if you can, as it ended up being the #1 FILM OF THE YEAR FOR ME!

5 STARS

TOM HOLLAND & CIARA BRAVO in AppleTV+ film CHERRY
TOM HOLLAND in AppleTV+ film CHERRY
TOM HOLLAND & CIARA BRAVO in AppleTV+ film CHERRY
TOM HOLLAND in AppleTV+ film CHERRY

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