'Cherry': Sink or Stream?

Should you let this troubled young man's story sink, or stick around and stream it?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

"Cherry": Sink or Stream

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February 26, 2021

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As streaming services continue to release original films during this pandemic, Apple TV+ has proved itself to be worthy contender amongst some of the more seasoned platforms.

Today, Apple TV+ released one of Tom Holland's newest films, "Cherry." The film follows Holland as he tries to make his way through life, making one sporadic decision after another, hoping he can choose one path that will lead him out of his own despair.

As he constantly questions how his life has gotten to where it is, he can only blame himself, even though for him it may have felt like the odds were against him from the start.

Is his story worth a watch? We're here give you our opinion first to help make that decision.

Reasons to Sink

© Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Because the film tries to fit so many stages of one man's life into the plot, in doing so it can dilute some of the phases, and makes the movie as a whole feel like a collection of multiple short stories that either we've seen before or that need more explanation.
  • Certain parts of the film feel like they are made to be extra ridiculous or less thoughtful intentionally. Because of this it can be hard to sympathize with the characters or fully understand the tone.

Reasons to Stream

© Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Tom Holland is a superstar not only because of his amazing performance and never-ending character arc as this college-student-turned-army-medic-turned bank-robbing junkie, but also his ability to break the fourth wall. He narrates continuously throughout the film in a way that feels so natural you might not even realize when it's happening.
  • The film is unapologetically honest all the way through, and because of that it's captivating and eye-opening, especially considering that "Cherry" is based on true events.
  • The Russo brothers find a way to make the narrative feel like the actual book it's based on by equating the stages of tragedy Holland's character experiences to chapters in a novel, creating physical breaks during the film after each major decision Holland's character makes.

Sink or Stream?

This one's definitely worth a stream.

Both Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo are wildly good, and their chemistry is undeniable whether they're cuddling in bed together, yelling at the top of their lungs at each other, or scheming together about how to get their next score.

The Russo brothers have done it again. Though some may critique the uncensored, over-the-top style of film, this is a story people should know, told in a strong and convincing manner.

Stream it on Apple TV+

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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