Directors Anthony and Joe Russo step back from genre blockbusters to deliver a searing, ultra-stylized descent into drug addiction and crime. cherry is the film adaptation of Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical novel. It follows an unnamed protagonist through unwavering love, war, and a host of bad choices. The stars Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo take the cloak of heroin romance off Dope sick love and Requiem for a dream. Your journey into depravity hits with a visual and acoustic onslaught. The film is overwhelming at times. cherry does not draw any blows for two hours and twenty minutes.
cherry is told in chapters that are separated by a blood red filter. The film begins with the 2007 “Epilog” in Cleveland, Ohio. A man (Tom Holland) reluctantly goes to a menacing black car. He tells a story that began five years earlier in college by speaking over the voice and speaking directly to the camera. He notices Emily (Ciara Bravo) in an English class and is immediately struck by her beauty. She sees him stare and then gives a lively introduction. He already has a girlfriend from high school but can’t stop thinking about Emily.
Your relationship is intense. He decides to join the army as a medic at the beginning of the Iraq war. The experience is brutal and terrible. His service in the “triangle of death” changes his personality. He returns to Emily with debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She tries to help him when he gets out of hand. Opioids become their calm in a storm. What starts as Xanax and Oxycontin quickly leads to heroin addiction. They turn into depraved junkies ready to do anything for the next solution.
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Captain America and avenger Franchises) use multiple camera angles, complex lighting, and editing tricks in a frenetic, feverish dream-driven first act. There are cut scenes, stills, and changes in aspect ratio as the narrator meets Emily and prepares for war. There is so much going on on screen that I wondered if the film could keep up this almost confusing pace. Fortunately, everything is slowing down and is more pronounced from Iraq. The war is unforgiving and bloody as hell. cherry maintains a focused perspective as the characters immerse themselves in the heroin lifestyle. Their shining love is now viewed as dark and agonizing. cherry the cinematic scale is running. I have no doubt that film students will dissect cherry for years to come.
Tom Holland continues to venture into his roles outside of the Spider Man and Marvel Studios films. He showed significant range in The devil all the time, but is here revealing. It’s Holland’s turn as a drug addict veteran. His scenes in which he cooks Ciara Bravo and injects heroin are ugly and uncompromising. The young actors are absolutely believable as wasted junkies. Kudos to the Russo Brothers, who were instrumental in the occupation of Holland Spider Manto give him the opportunity to play such a risky character. The movie depends on its performance, not the bells and whistles.
cherry can be hard to see. The aggressive movie style and long running time are thin halfway through. The Russo Brothers deftly take their feet off the gas at this critical point. They enable the poured breathing space to show the terrible truth of addiction. The withdrawal scenes are disturbing. Similar to Requiem for a dreamwho have favourited ecstasy, high falls quickly plunging into a nightmare.
The Russo Brothers put a glaring spotlight on the opioid epidemic and persistent treatment of war veterans. They also tell a bittersweet love story. cherry is a brave undertaking by two of Hollywood’s most successful directors. It’s definitely not for everyone in their huge fan base. cherry has extremely vivid scenes of drug use and combating violence. Children must stay away from this trip to Tom Holland. cherry is a production by AGBO and Hideaway Entertainment. There will be a limited theatrical release on February 26th, followed by a streaming debut on March 12th on Apple TV +.
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