Cher | The Film Collection Review
Title: Cher: The Film Collection
Release Date: November 2, 2010
I have been a fan of Cher’s since I was a kid growing up in the 80s. Remember Mask from the early 80s? I LOVED that movie! Cher played Rocky Dennis’s biker mom, Rusty. I thought I had seen most of Cher’s movies, but I was wrong. There were a few in this film collection that I had never seen or even heard of!
Good Times was a movie that I had never seen. It was made before my time in 1967 and starred married couple, Cher and Sonny Bono. I knew they had had their own variety show, but I’d never seen them perform together. They were great! This movie was pretty funny. Sonny was quite the character and Cher had all these crazy outfits. She looked so different from how she does today. She was beautiful even back then though before the plastic surgery.
Chastity was another older movie of hers from the late 60s. It’s more of a drama than the light hearted comedy of Good Times and shows that Cher in a darker, more emotional part. John wasn’t crazy about the film, and said it wasn’t one he would watch again. I enjoyed it because of its legendary star, Cher. I agree with John though that it wasn’t one of my favourites.
Silkwood– wow! Why had I never heard of this movie before? It’s AMAZING! It was made in 1983 so that’s why I maybe never heard of it, but besides Cher, it also has some big names in it like Kurt Russell and Meryl Streep. John and I actually recognized a bunch of the actors from various shows and movies from today, but we didn’t know any of their names! Cher had a smaller role in this movie as the roommate and friend of the main character, Karen Silkwood (played by Meryl Streep). They all work at a nuclear plant and Karen discovers a company cover up and decides to blow the whistle on them. This movie is riveting and I didn’t want it to end. It fully engrossed me into the lives of all the characters and it was also a true story.
Moonstruck was another hit from the 80s and this time Cher won an Oscar for this one! She plays a widow about to get remarried, but then falls in love with the groom’s brother (played by Nicholas Cage). It’s funny and has everything you would want from a romantic comedy. Plus it’s set in New York City and I enjoyed seeing the sights and telling John-“hey, I’ve been there”.
Tea with Mussolini was another one I hadn’t seen until now. This movie was touching and fascinating all rolled into one. It was set back in WWII and follows the lives of a bunch of British older women living in Italy. One minute they are having tea and the next they are being taken away after Italy and England became enemies in the war. They are put up in a hotel (not the best, but not abject squalor either) and think that the dictator Mussolini is footing the bill. Ha! It was so good when they found out who was really paying for it!
Mermaids is one I had seen many, many times. It also stars Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. Cher plays their wacky mom, Mrs. Flax who only knows how to make finger foods. Kebabs anyone? It’s funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. This movie remains a timeless classic in my books and is one I can watch again and again.
I highly recommend Cher: The Film Collection as either a gift for a friend or family member or just buy it so your whole family can have a “Cher” night.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*