Sunday, February 27, 2011


Welcome to the Rileys was very solid. Poignant without being overly sentimental and well directed by Jake Scott (son of Ridley, nephew of Tony), the script goes to some tough emotional places and the acting by Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and K-Stew always keeps you interested.  It was nice seeing K-Stew doing something edgy; she can certainly act if given strong material (I also liked her in Adventureland).  It was probably wise for Scott to tackle a character piece rather than an action flick for his first time out (the comparissons would've been brutal) and the script by Ken Hixon allows for some really nice interplay between the three leads.  Ultimately, it's a very sad movie, centering on loss and acceptance and characters who need a lot of emotional help, but the peformances make everything very rewarding, and Scott's deft directorial touches always keep the movie out of maudlin, made-for-TV territory.  I liked it quite a bit.

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