Cherry (2021)

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

Starring Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo

These times movies are released without much promotion. I had no idea about this new film from The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame). Released on Apple TV on March 12, 2021, I decided to see it based on the praise Holland got for his performance.

The story is told in five parts and it centers around Cherry. At first, he is at school where he meets Emily and that relationship somehow changes his life as a chain of events. When Emily tells him that she is breaking up with him and going to Montreal he enlists in the army. In the Army he witnesses somethings that change his life when he gets back.

The film deals with two main things in my opinion the effects of war and addiction. It is a sad movie, the characters keep getting lower and lower. I can’t say that I liked the movie because it felt too familiar and predictable. The directors tried to mix it up with the style of the film but for me, it did not work. They divided the story into parts and an epilogue as if the audience is reading a book. I will give it that it was a raw and honest look at addiction.

What it has going for the film is Tom Holland. I think he is being smart in the roles he is taking while he also plays Spider-Man. The last two films I’ve seen from him are films where he has been able to show his acting talents so that when he leaves Spider-Man I think he will get other roles. In this film, his performance is nearly flawless. His transformations as the character go through the different periods were great. Ciara Bravo also was good and had great chemistry with Holland.

It is not a bad movie to see but at the same time the only thing you would miss if you didn’t see it is Tom Holland’s performance. I liked it at first but as it kept dragging on on the addiction I grew tired, maybe a shorter version might have been better, but that is just my opinion.

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