Guess who finally got around to watching "Welcome to the Rileys" this weekend??? ME! And I coerced Mr. Snarky into watching it with me, too, since Jenny Jerkface told me she was "too busy cleaning" to come watch it with me (and then inadvertently outed her lying self yesterday by confessing to being sucked into Spartacus: Blood and Sand all weekend - BUSTED, JJ!).
Let me start off by saying that I actually liked this movie. It wasn't super-well received critically (well, the reviews were pretty mixed), but I've certainly seen much much worse. The last few dvds I'd watched prior to this one had seriously made want to get the wasted two hours of my life back (I'm lookin' at you, The Town and Dinner for Schmucks). So this movie - while not a particularly happy tale for the most part - was a bit of a pleasant surprise overall. Let's hear it for low expectations!
In lieu of an actual movie review, here are a few random observations:
- I haven't missed listening to James Gandolfini breathe. At all. I canceled HBO in a fit of rage the day after the series finale of The Sopranos, and I can't say that I thought much about it after riding out the throes of my hissy fits. [JJ - I'm STILL not over that finale. Totally went beserk] He's a compelling actor, but from the first scene with his character in WttR, there he was again, inhaling and exhaling like the super-sized mammal he is... On a side note: Dear James Gandolfini, you need to lose weight. It's not healthy, and I'll bet you would breath less audibly if you dropped few pounds.
- I really have a hard time seeing him do anything without being reminded of Tony Soprano. Sure, he was supposed to be a mild-mannered plumbing supply salesman from...somewhere not on a coast, but I was still kinda hoping/expecting he'd whack someone.
- I get the distinct feeling that in real life, Kristen Stewart peppers many of her sentences with variations of the word "fuck" (and I'm not just talking about what she says to RPatts behind closed doors). Her character - Mallory? Allison? - had a major, Jenny-Jerkface-level potty mouth, and it was clear that KStew was pretty comfy uttering the lines. Except maybe when she spewed out the phrase "pencil dick" in a fit of rage, at which point she looked suitably uncomfortable with the use of such an adolescent insult.
- The woman who played James Gandolfini's wife was simply great - I don't know that I have seen her in anything before - or I don't recall, anyway - but Melissa Leo stole just about every scene she was in. Looking at her page on IMBD, I see that she has been in a ton of stuff, including "The Fighter" (for which she is considered a shoe-in for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) and "Treme" (see my earlier note on HBO). Also, she was apparently in "The Cake Eaters" with KStew, which I still haven't watched yet, either. She's won and/or been nominated for all sorts of things and rightfully so, as far as I can tell.
- As for KStew's performance, there was no notable blinking, but there was stuttering and awkwardness galore! I've come to the conclusion that Kristen Stewart pretty much plays some variation of herself in just about every role I have seen her in--there! I said it!--and it usually works out pretty well (see The Runaways and Adventureland). I think that she's a good actress. Not stunningly awesome, but pretty good. And you can tell she's putting her all into her performance, which I totally respect. Plus I have to give her major kudos for not toppling over in those stripper heels she wears during half the movie, and she works her tatty fishnets like nobody's business.
I want to go to sleep with makeup on and wake up looking like this, too, please...
As is our wont, we're a tad late to the party, but I did enjoy watching WttR. I'm sure that the other opinionated twatwaffles here on Twitarded will eventually get off their lazy asses and watch the movie, but in the meantime, have you watched Welcome to the Rileys yet??? Were you thinking about Tony and Stripperella too??? Share it in the comments!