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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 REVIEW! Author-director Rashad Frett’s brief drama Ricky follows the titular character as he struggles with life exterior jail. Ricky (Parish Bradley) appears unenthused about every thing on the opposite facet of the bars. He isn’t on the lookout for a job, content material to only loaf about his involved and caring mom.

Ricky’s brother, James (Maliq Johnson), provides little help, unable to even drive him to his new job although promising he would. Nervous and never desirous to let down his neighbor who gave him the place, Ricky takes James’ automobile whereas he’s nonetheless sleeping. This little act, born out of a want to do the precise factor and present as much as his job, cascades into life-changing occasions for Ricky and everybody in his orbit.

Working 20 minutes lengthy, Ricky feels extra like a chapter in a bigger narrative than a wholly standalone plot. Whereas there are flashbacks to what occurred all these years in the past, the specifics will not be doled out. The ending might particularly drive some of us loopy, because it builds to at least one second after which leaves viewers hanging.

“…cascades into life-changing occasions for Ricky and everybody in his orbit.”

Nonetheless, that isn’t a foul factor precisely. Frett is extra considering getting throughout that hopeless and determined feeling of the principle character in a snapshot. To that finish, he’s most profitable. The adrenaline felt as issues shut in on Ricky will depart audiences on the sting of their seats.

To that finish, Parish Bradley offers a stunning efficiency. At first, he appears too apathetic and low power to ship the emotional state Ricky goals for. However, as his life spirals extra uncontrolled and there’s a relentless rigidity threatening to place him again behind bars, the actor opens up increasingly. By the top, he’s as weak and emotionally resonant as anybody might be. It’s precisely what this narrative requires from the lead actor.

To that finish, the explanation to observe Ricky is for its ending. Whereas the story doesn’t seem to quantity to a lot, these ultimate two or three minutes are completely calibrated. Frett packs fairly the wallop in such a quick timeframe.

Ricky screened on the 2023 Sundance Movie Pageant.


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