We meet Cherry (Tom Holland) as your average college kid experimenting with weed he has a crush on a girl in one of his classes, Emily (Ciara Bravo) and then begin dating. They break up, and in his heartbreak he joins the army, goes to war, comes home with severe PTSD and ends up addicted to drugs. Emily also gets addicted, and Cherry starts robbing banks to support their habit.
The Russo Brothers are apparently really tired of directing Marvel movies, so they decided to throw EVERY trick they learned in film school into this absolute mess of a film. The funny thing is, if you listen to interviews this film is supposed to say something about the opioid crisis and PTSD from war. Yet, it says nothing. Cherry never reflects on these feelings and his only scene with a psychiatrist is just a quick segue into him getting prescribed OxyContin for the first time.
This film has everything. Plenty of operatic overtures, "artful" flashback shots, voiceovers, breaking the fourth wall, and camera shots from the POV of someone's butthole. Not to mention scene after scene of what can only be described as junkie gross out porn. I kept thinking about Trainspotting, and how I never thought the scenes of the squalor those people were living in were ever as distracting as they were here.
Tom Holland is very good in this, but it was a huge mistake from his team to make this his big Oscar movie push when he was so much better (in a far better movie) with The Devil All The Time. Ciara Bravo struggles with the material she's given. I thought she was very good when she had to cry and act distraught, the rest of the time it felt like she was given no direction. This is the epitome of style over substance. It's insane to me that two directors who so effortlessly handled 20 movies worth of continuity to make a gigantic send off could also make this mess.
Memorable Quote: "Why are you being so sweet to me?" - Cherry (Tom Holland)