Welcome To The Rileys has something schmaltzy about it, a sentimentality I just can’t resist and it co-stars James Gandolfini from The Sopranos, which is a big plus for moi.
Certainly there are several reasons to write-off this film, for one it’s easy to classify as an actor’s vanity project, a ploy for Kristen Stewart from the Twilight series, to been seen as a serious actress. I’m something of a cynic myself so I can appreciate this, but I actually rather like Kristen Stewart, partially because of how awkwardly she manages her frame, but also because I think she’s a reasonable actress. Sorry Twilight haters! I mean, not so much in the Twilight films themselves, but I enjoyed her performances in Into The Wild, Adventureland and The Runaways.
Welcome To The Rileys just adds more fuel to my fire. This is a film about people who have been bruised and battered by life, characters that are looking for catharsis and I for one think it will err on the right side of sentimentality.
After my surprise pick of the week I had better placate the more refined cinema goer with an alternative to a Kristen Stewart film. Snowtown is about the real-life events surrounding Australia’s most notorious serial killer, John Bunting. The film concerns Jaime, an emotionally unstable 16 year old, who forms a father/son relationship with Bunting.
However, if you figure that out from the trailer alone, you just might be a genius! It doesn’t to have any recognisable stars, but it is being positioned as the next, Animal Kingdom, which was horrendously overlooked when released. The trailer has a sinister air, but it gives very little away, which is rather unusual for a contemporary trailer. However, a trailer’s function is to arouse interest and it has most certainly achieved that. If you’re a fan of Australian cinema or just want an alternative to vampires and werewolves, then this shouldn’t be missed.