‘Ricki and the Flash’ Clip: Meryl Streep Strums Her Guitar and Sings Her Way into Your Heart
August is the last month of summer, which means you’re probably looking forward to bigger releases like Fantastic Four — but don’t let Ricki and the Flash escape your notice. The new film from director Jonathan Demme and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody features Meryl Streep in the role of a rock goddess who left her family behind to pursue her dreams. As seen in the new clip above, yes, Queen Meryl does indeed really sing and play the guitar.
Last year, Streep was the real highlight of Into the Woods, showing off her fantastic singing abilities (there is seriously nothing she can’t do). She brings those talents and then some to the table in Ricki and the Flash, a film for which she learned to play guitar and, as previously reported, did so until her fingers bled — and she was thrilled about it.
In the clip above, Streep’s Ricki has returned home to her estranged family — her ex-husband (Kevin Kline) and her emotionally wounded daughter (Streep’s real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer) — and sings them a remorseful song about how she left. It’s a softer, intimate moment in a film that also promises to put Streep on stage for more raucous and glamorous performances in her role as a rock icon.
The song is called “Cold One,” and was written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice. Lewis, a solo artist and former front-woman for indie group Rilo Kiley, previously wrote and performed the award-nominated song “Barking at the Moon” for the Disney’s Bolt.