Welcome to the Rileys and Nowhere Boy


Via my Netflix account, I have recently watched Welcome to the Rileys and Nowhere Boy. I have seen previews for both of this movies and they looked interesting. Nowhere Boy is about how John Lennon started the Beatles and Welcome to the Rileys is about a father that lost his daughter and finds a replacement.

Nowhere BoyNowhere Boy

Imagine…John Lennon’s childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n’ roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice– and an icon explodes into the world.

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It had a lot of actors and actresses that I had not seen before, so I didn’t really expect it to be very good.  The movie had a good storyline and I enjoyed how Lennon wanted to be Elvis. If you like the Beatles, a lot of the music in the movie is early Beatles songs, you will enjoy this movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Welcome To The RileysWelcome to the Rileys

Welcome to the Rileys is a powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway (Kristen Stewart) and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage.

I mainly watched this movie because Kristen Stewart was in it. It was a film about a stripper, who gets a sugar daddy, and Stewart’s character has quite a mouth on her. It was much better than I expected. This movie is a drama, no action at all, so if you want a drama movie to see one evening that most people will not have seen pick up a copy of Welcome to the Rileys.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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