Review by: Mut Asheru
CHASING THE BLUES co-written and directed by Scott Smith shines as a well written and comedic testament to passionate pursuits and bad decisions. Funny in scope and well-paced. It won’t change your life but it will resonate and add some joy to it. The benchmark of a well-made film. The relationship between Alan Thomas (Grant Rosenmeyer of The Royal Tennenbaums) and his nemesis, rival collector Paul Bettis (Ron Connor), is fun to watch as they plot and scheme to nab a possibly cursed rare blues recording.
The movie is based on a short story written by Chicago native, author and script co-writer Kevin Guilfoile. Adding to CHASING THE BLUES’s high watchability, are cameos by Jon Lovitz and Steve Guttenberg who provide just the right amount of seasoning to an already engaging premise.
But hold on! Wait a minute! I have to point out that one character’s voice made my heart light up when I heard it. Then I saw her face… and YASSS it was her… Anna Maria Horsford (*she even mentions sitcom Amen! Win!!) as Mrs. Walker the elderly, unsuspecting owner of the prize record.
Kudos to the writers for creating such a natural flowing script. Great one liners abound that highlight Alan and Paul’s cultural differences. The anti-chemistry between Rosenmeyer and Connor cannot be overlooked. These two characters can’t stand each other but I want to hang out with both of them…while they’re together just so I can hear what might come out of their conversation.
The official synopsis reads: Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe.
You can catch CHASING THE BLUES at the Dallas/Fort Worth Lone Star Film Festival on November 11.