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Seriously Red Blu-ray Review

Seriously mediocre.

Krew Boylan writes and stars in this Australian comedy in which she plays the lead character Red. The middle-aged irresponsible Red is not where she wants to be in life. She doesn’t fit in with her realtor job and is fired from it and she lives in her mom’s garage. Red decides to pursue her dream of becoming a Dolly Parton impersonator. Through perseverance, she pulls it off and even finds herself becoming romantically linked with a Kenny Rogers impersonator. Alas, Red soon finds that she winds up living more as Dolly Parton instead of being herself. 

A film about an impersonator is certainly ripe for cinematic exploration, but director Gracie Otto’s “Seriously Red” doesn’t do the premise justice. It’s never quirky or fun enough and it’s cheaply made, but above all else, Krew Boylan’s script is not developed enough. The concept of losing your identity and realizing what’s most important in life is touched upon at the bare minimum. By the time it is brought forth, the film is essentially over. You’re left wanting more from the story and you’re left wanting a deeper and more thoughtful story about impersonators.

The saving grace here is a host of quality performances. Krew Boylan shines as Red even if she’s not exactly a dead ringer for Dolly Parton. An unrecognizable Rose Byrne intrigues as Elvis (but isn’t on screen nearly enough). Bobby Cannavale seems an odd choice as a Neil Diamond impersonator, but it works. Daniel Webber steals the show as a Kenny Rogers impersonator who embodies the late musician 24/7.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

The only extras are a commentary by director Gracie Otto and a Digital copy.


March 19, 2023 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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