Cherry

audience Reviews

, 70% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    It's an interesting story, both Tom and Ciara did an incredible job with these two characters.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    It's a fact that Tom's Rolland performance is dignitary of an Academy indication. Very appealing and he delivers a lot of emotional scenes.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Oh dear, the Russos really are one trick ponies. This is ridiculously poor. Gutted. And less said about Tom's desperation to please and 2 dimensional performance the better. apart from all that.....great tho
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Pretty close to a masterpiece considering the whole picture this movie paints, although a bit to long at times. And let's just point out that Tom Holland played his role perfectly.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, 'Cherry' is the intense tale derived from Nico Walker's novel of the same name. Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo star as a couple whose life begins to revolve around drugs after PTSD takes hold. 'Cherry' follows the story of a young man (Tom Holland) who decides to join the army after learning his girlfriend Emily (Ciara Bravo) is leaving Cleveland to study in Canada. Cherry is thrown into the horrors of war as an army medic, and all seems fine until the loss of friend and fellow soldier Jimenez, which shakes Cherry to his core. After returning to Cleveland, he begins to suffer from devastating PTSD, leading him down a path of drug abuse in an attempt to numb his pain, dragging Emily down with him. Their addiction results in the couple owing 'Pills and Coke' (Jack Reynor), their dealer, large sums of money, forcing Cherry to turn to a life of crime to feed their addiction. Holland gives the performance of his career, guiding viewers through 140 minutes with an informing voiceover that lets them know what he's thinking. Viewers who are fans of Holland will notice just how much he's put into this film, both physically and emotionally. The difference between Cherry at the start and end of the movie is staggering. Holland and Bravo have incredible chemistry together. They look so connected to each other, conveying a flawless dynamic. Bravo gives a superb performance opposite Holland, and before Emily spirals into drugs, she shows how addiction doesn't just affect the addict, but it affects everyone around them. The supporting cast, consisting of Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Jeffrey Wahlberg (Dora and The Lost City of Gold) and Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant) all give brilliant performances. Tom and Ciara do an amazing job that shows once you're hooked on drugs, nothing else matters except where your next fix is coming from. Proven by being unable to feed their dog because they believe their need for the drugs is greater than their dog's need for food. Something that this movie does well is it shows the physical and mental effects addiction has. Hollywood doesn't always like to go into the more intense side of this, but the Russo Brothers aren't afraid to cover all bases. For example, when you take Ecstasy, the user would feel euphoric, open and would have heightened sensations - these are all brilliantly conveyed through a mixture of editing, directing and of course, acting. After viewers have seen 'Cherry', they should definitely take a moment to let what they've just watched sink in. With it split into six different chapters, it feels like you've just watched six short films that all follow the same disenfranchised man through some important periods of his life. The filmmaking throughout 'Cherry' is exquisite. The set designers emphasise that the film is from Cherry's perspective by including details like 'Shitty Bank' and 'Dr Whomever' instead of real people and places. The hair and make-up department do an outstanding job of showing how addiction affects you physically, with watery eyes, bruising/scabbing of the skin and the numerous other symptoms. Considering their last film was 'Avengers: Endgame', viewers could definitely say that this is a step down for the Russo Brothers, but only in the sense that it didn't cost $356 million to produce. 'Cherry' wasn't just a brotherly affair for the Russos, with the script beautifully written by their sister Angela Russo-Ostot and Jessica Goldberg. The editing throughout does a great job of showing what Cherry is feeling at a certain point in time - whether it's when he's high, in the middle of a warzone, or suffering from his PTSD. The score, courtesy of Henry Jackman, is sensational. Each piece of music flows effortlessly with the film's overall ambience. Newton Thomas Sigel provides Cherry with absolutely breathtaking cinematography. His artistic style compliments the unique cinematic techniques the Russo Brothers use in such a simplistic, yet entrancing, way. The film has definitely taken influences from Sigel's previous work on films like 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Three Kings'. This is one of Apple's more intense original films - exploring themes like PTSD and addiction, it gives viewers an insight into an invisible problem that's happening right on our doorstep. It's one of the most important films at this moment in time, with it being revealed in a 12-month timeframe, ending in May 2020, 81,000 people had died as a result of a drug overdose or drug-related issue in the US alone - the highest number ever recorded. 'Cherry' is such a crucial film as it brings awareness to this incredibly noxious problem. As well as seeing Cherry's struggles, we see the devastating effects it has on the people around him and the lengths an addict will go to for cash. In conclusion, 'Cherry' is an intense dive into the life of Nico Walker. If you're a viewer who sensitive, this might not be the film for you. It's graphic, violent, and emotionally heavy - a complete 180 from Holland's previous filmography, especially as Spider-man. But if you are a fan of rough and gritty films, this is definitely the one for you.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Genuinely one of the best films I've ever seen... Blown away by literally everything. Script, Camera work... sound design... Tom Holland's performance was unbelievable. I will now cry myself to sleep. What a film. Watch it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very good movie, sad to see critics reviews which make no sense...
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    The Cinematography was the only thing that they did well.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    This was a long drama but there were some fun details especially with the bank names and in the early parts before the drugs. Military was a whole other movie. It had many layers but none of them were great, good though.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    A pretty good movie with equally good actors, well filmed, but a little too long.