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Cherry falls in love at first sight with his college classmate Emily. Their relationship blossoms but Emily decides to leave and study in Montreal. Cherry is devastated and enlists in the Army as a medic to escape his heartbreak. Just before he is about to leave for basic training, Emily realizes her mistake and confesses she is in love with Cherry too and that they are meant for one another. Cherry and Emily marry before his deployment.
During his two year service in the Army, Cherry suffers from PTSD after having several horrific experiences, including seeing his friend, Jimenez, burnt and killed from an IED. To cope with his panic attacks and severe anxiety when he comes home, he abuses OxyContin, prescribed from a doctor helping to decrease his PTSD symptoms. His growing addiction begins to frustrateEmily and as a result, she begins taking Cherry's medication to deal with her own frustration of not knowing how to support him without drugs and the two soon become addicted to OxyContin, and eventually heroin.
After they break into a safe that he was looking after from his drug dealer, Pills and Coke, he and Emily use most of the drugs secured inside for themselves. Some time later, Pills and Coke visits and sees the empty safe. Cherry learns that his drug dealer's boss, Black, is the owner of the safe and will kill all three of them for this. To get the money for the drugs they used, Cherry robs a bank and pays back the money. To support his and Emily's addiction, Cherry continues to rob banks. As a result of their daily heroin use, Cherry continues to rob banks frequently after he and Emily go through severe withdrawals. Emily overdoses and almost dies in a hospital. Cherry is guilted by Emily's mother to leave her alone.
Emily leaves her drug rehabilitation facility and reunites with Cherry. He tries to send her back and persuade her that he is no good for her. Emily does not care and tells Cherry she wants to be with him; she will get high on drugs again no matter what. Needing more money to support their addiction, he enlists Pills and Coke and his friend, James Lightfoot, to help him rob multiple tellers at once. During a robbery, the drug dealer runs away, forcing Cherry to rob the bank alone. As he drives away with Lightfoot in a getaway car, Cherry stresses that Pills and Coke will likely rat him out if he gets caught and convinces Lightfoot to turn the car around and search for him. After putting Pills and Coke in the car he sees that he has been shot and is severely bleeding. They debate whether to take him to the hospital but decide it is too risky, and he dies from his gunshot wound. They dump the body on the side of the road and part ways.
Black later confronts Cherry outside his home to settle the drug debt. Cherry kisses and says goodbye to Emily before performing one last robbery. During the robbery Cherry persuades the bank teller to set the alarm off before he leaves with the money. Cherry gives Black all of the money. Cherry then walks out to the open road and gets the attention of the police by firing his gun in the air, proceeding to sit by the side of the road and get high one last time, before police arrive and arrest him.
Cherry detoxes and recovers in prison, spending 14 years serving his sentence before being released on parole. As Cherry makes his way out of the prison, he sees Emily waiting for him.
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Rated Rfor graphic drug abuse, disturbing and violent images, pervasive language, and sexual content.
Directed by sibling filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, "Cherry," based on Nico Walker's mostly autobiographical debut novel, is filled with "Dr. Whomever" flourishes, announcing that this film will be a little different from the Russos normal fare (those little-known films like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Captain America: Civil War," "Avengers: Infinity War," and "Avengers: Endgame"). The Russos are deeply embedded in the Marvel universe, and "Cherry" is the opposite in almost every way possible, not just because of its subject matter—a blistering critique of the Iraq war, not to mention the disgraceful treatment of veterans upon their return home, as well as a critique of doctors pushing Oxy onto their patients, resulting in the catastrophic opioid epidemic we all know and hate. "Cherry" comments on itself compulsively, and the results are mixed. Some of these flourishes work well—although the influence of "GoodFellas" is too felt, and there are times when another kind of film altogether struggles to express itself, something much darker, something more in line with the source material's bleak frankness.
Walker's novel is based on his own experiences with war, opiate addiction and crime. It's a big book about big things, written in present-tense first-person, with a grim flat-affect tone. The comparisons with writers like Denis Johnson or Charles Bukowski are appropriate, although Walker also belongs to the growing crowd of veteran-writers, who came back from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with stories to tell, writers like Phil Klay (whose excellent debut story collection, Redeployment, won the National Book Award in 2014). Walker's story is a little different, though, because when he returned to Cleveland from Iraq, he got hooked on opiates and proceeded to rob 11 banks over a four-month period. He was eventually apprehended, and sentenced to 11 years in prison. After Buzzfeed did a huge piece about Walker, book publishers came calling. Walker wrote Cherry while incarcerated. The book received universal acclaim (Walker used some of the profits to pay back the banks he robbed). Walker was released from prison in 2019, just in time to see his novel adapted into film.
The book was adapted into a screenplay by Angela Russo-Otstot (sister to the Russos) and Jessica Goldberg, who created the haunting Hulu series "The Path." The screenplay leans heavily on voiceover, which often reiterates what we're seeing onscreen, always a danger with voiceover. This is a long film, and it includes many of Walker's tangents, describing his time in Cleveland before he decided, almost on a whim, to join the Army. He meets Emily (Ciara Bravo) while taking classes at a community college. There are scenes showing his various dead-end jobs, his horrible high school girlfriend, a long night he was tasked with making sure a mobster-type guy didn't drink too much, the ups and downs of the relationship with Emily. It's a lot. This whole section is overly-produced and yet feels sketched-in. There's a hint of strangeness in Emily's character—she's seen a couple of times in a surreal artificial space with a painted backdrop, like a stage set, and she’s sporting a black eye—but nothing about this is developed.
The Russos go for a highly stylized approach. Lights drop out in the background, leaving certain characters in a spotlight, scenes unfurl in slo-mo with Puccini blaring, there are freeze-frame tableaux, gliding overhead shots, and the snarky bits like "Dr. Whomever," or the banks named "SHITTY BANK" instead of "CITIBANK," etc. This kind of thing is best in small doses. What do these flourishes have to do with Walker's "voice"? A film is different than a book, yes, but some of the choices here are baffling.
Tom Holland, most well-known as Spider-Man, is very good here, and believable as this vaguely lost and almost nondescript guy, with not much going for him, caught up in forces beyond his control—huge forces that affect us all—war, capitalism, opioids. He robs banks with a careless compulsivity. The first time was so easy he can't stop himself from doing it again. There are times in the book, as graphic as it often is about the violence Walker saw in Iraq, when the character "checks out" of reality, and floats above it, as though in a dream, a common experience of combat trauma. (One psychiatrist who evaluated Walker said Walker had one of the worst cases of PTSD he had ever seen.) Holland is truly touching on occasion and does not push for effect (something that cannot be said about the film as a whole).
I admire the intentions behind "Cherry." I even admire the Russos' desire to "do one for themselves" after directing so many films in a corporate-driven context. But "Cherry" warrants a simpler down-and-dirty approach. Think "Jesus' Son" or "Drugstore Cowboy" or Tim Blake Nelson's "Eye of God," where lost people meander in a world not set up for them, strolling unknowingly into the lion's den, and by that point it's far too late to get themselves out.
The book draws you in. The film keeps you at a distance.
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In the United States, most sweet cherries are grown in Washington, California, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Important sweet cherry cultivars include Bing, Ulster, Rainier, Brooks, Tulare, King, and Sweetheart. Both Oregon and Michigan provide light-colored 'Royal Ann' ('Napoleon'; alternately 'Queen Anne') cherries for the maraschino cherry process. Most sour (also called tart) cherries are grown in Michigan, followed by Utah, New York, and Washington. Sour cherries include 'Nanking' and 'Evans'. Traverse City, Michigan is called the "Cherry Login Capital of the World", hosting a National Cherry Festival and making the world's largest cherry pie. The specific region of northern Michigan known for tart cherry production is referred to as the "Traverse Bay" region.
Native and non-native sweet cherries grow well in Canada's provinces of Ontario and British Columbia where an annual cherry festival has been celebrated for seven consecutive decades in the Okanagan Valley town of Osoyoos. In addition to the Okanagan, other British Columbia cherry growing regions are the Similkameen Valley and Kootenay Valley, all three regions together producing 5.5 million kg annually or 60% of total Canadian output. Sweet cherry varieties in British Columbia include 'Rainier', 'Van', 'Chelan', 'Lapins', 'Sweetheart', 'Skeena', 'Staccato', 'Christalina' and 'Bing'.
I'm impressed by it and fascinated by it...I say you should watch it, for seeing what these creatives are giving us, they're doing something different...
What an absolute mess of superficially explored themes about addiction and America.
Not even the emotional depth or compassion Tom Holland imbues his unnamed character can save Cherry Login. Only a ruthless editor that would've been willing to cut 60 minutes out of it could have.
Holland flings himself into the role, and sweats desperation every second. But the Russos undermine him at every turn...
Not perfect by any means, with many things wrong with it, but Tom Holland's performance pulls you through it, with the genre changing in each different section of his life.
Rather than generating excitement, the insistence on momentum at all costs makes the film resemble an endless series of TV commercials strung together.
Endgame might be the biggest movie the Russos ever make, but Cherry might be the best.
Like a scrumptious looking sundae, the visuals are delicious in their appearance, but what lies beyond the aesthetics is just a lot of empty calories topped by a Cherry lacking both meaning and matter.
The Russos carved out the modern notion of heroism for a generation weaned on Iron Man's glowing breast. Cherry proves how much the Russos have learned about heroes, then it deconstructs the contents in each pocket of the cargo pants called male identity.
Anthony and Joe Russo speed along with such obvious empathy for their subject, bitterness for the regime they condemn, and love of filmmaking that it's difficult to fault them for biting off more than they could chew.
[I]mpassioned, timely, extravagant, epic essays on social implosions and the apocalyptic landscapes left in their wake.
“Cherry” follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. Inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name, “Cherry” features Tom Holland in the title role as an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college to serving in Iraq as an Army medic and is only anchored by his one true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way. Brought to the screen in bold, gritty fashion by visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo, “Cherry” is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection.
“Cherry” will premiere in select theatres on February 26, 2021 and globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 12, 2021.
Rated Rfor graphic drug abuse, disturbing and violent images, pervasive language, and sexual content.