Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Twilight without the vampires. Oh, and a better story.

Kristen Stewart (yes that Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight movies) makes her Sundance debut with James Gondolfini in Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys.  This is the story of a suburban couple struggling to maintain their marriage years after their teenage daughter is killed in a car accident. While at a plumbing convention in New Orleans, the husband (Gandolfini) innocently meets an underage prostitute (Stewart) and develops an unusual friendship. This forces all the characters to step out of their comfort zones and into surprising new realities.

The first half of the movie crept slowly across the screen. But once the action moves to New Orleans, the film gets a lot more interesting.  And Stewart, just ho hum as a brooding teenage in love with a vampire, is pretty dang good as a brooding teenage stripper.

1 comment:

  1. She does brood quite a lot. It would be fun to see her in something where she has a little more pep.