Welcome to the Rileys Blu-ray Review

“Welcome to the Rileys” isn’t a great film. It isn’t even a really good film, but it’s a good film. That’s it, just good.

The film stars James Gandolfini, Kristin Stewart, and Melissa Leo as three people trying to navigate their way through the obstacles that life has thrown them. Doug (James Gandolfini) and Lois Riley (Melissa Leo) are a married couple, trying unsuccessfully to cope with the death of their daughter.

Both actors perform their roles well enough, but to be fair it’s probably the subject matter. They’re both very dry and monotone in their delivery. There’s literally no moment in the film that really grabs you by the heart and makes you care for either of them.

As their relationship deteriorates and they drift apart from one another, Doug while attending a convention in New Orleans, finds his way to Mallory (Kristen Stewart) a 16-year-old stripper.

Kristen Stewart acts in this film much like she does in every film, just okay. She’s not horrid, and thankfully she’s not biting her bottom lip a million times as she tends to do in previous works.

After Doug turns down a private dance, and many other sexual requests from Mallory, he decides to makes her a proposition. He wants to pay her $100 a day to live with her while he sorts out his life out, with no catch.

She reluctantly agrees and the two fall into an odd family dynamic. One night Lois drives to New Orleans to bring Doug back home, only to find him living with the 16-year-old prostitute. Naturally she thinks the worst, but eventually comes around and becomes sort of a mother figure to Mallory.

“Welcome to the Rileys” sulks onto your screen with a 1080p transfer at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film, like most other Sony releases is clean and crisp with no issues of scrubbing, which is a relief considering how a lot of other films are being treated.

The blacks are nice and rich, but the colors are very muted, with either a red or blue wash over most of the scenes, which is a stylistic choice by the filmmakers. While it’s a very clean looking film, the colors don’t allow anything to really pop off the screen; which can be a bit boring to look at. Though to be fair, it does fit the somber mood of the film.

This film really shines in the sound department with a 5.1 DTS-HD audio track. While there are no explosions to rattle your bass, there are club scenes and other small portions that might get your bass to rumble a bit. But most of your sounds are the crisp and clear dialogue, and the musical score that dances it’s way throughout the background.

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To be up front and fair to this film, I’ve never known the pain of losing a child, and hopefully I never do. But if that’s what it takes to really connect with this film, they’re going to have a hard time finding an audience.

While the image and audio are very clean, the story is very somber, as are the characters that inhabit it’s world. The film is extremely dialogue heavy, and while that may not be a big issue, it certainly doesn’t help this film considering that none of the performances are that grand. To me, this is a film that you watch once then shelve it for a few years until you think back and wonder if you might like it again.

*The Reviewers opinion of this film did not factor into the bottom line, that is an average score of the other areas reviewed.