One for the fans
- Deadwood: The Movie review by DB
Deadwood was a great TV series and since HBO fumbled its closure fans have been promised and waited for a film that would allow the various hanging threads of the story to be brought together to a satisfactory conclusion. In the first years after the ending of s3 hopes were high but gradually faded as the sets were struck and the actors dispersed to greater or lesser successes. Its a measure of how fondly remembered the show is that 13 years after the shows demise we finally get the film we were promised and not only that but so many of the shows original caste reunited for it.
However Deadwood the TV series was an intricate, oiled and supremely well balanced engine of dialogue, set, acting and direction and it has, so to speak been out in the rain unused for a very long time. On reflection, it was unrealistic of me to expect it to spark back to life exactly as I remember it. The dialogue which once sounded so natural, now sounds a little forced and some of the characters are reprised more successfully than others. The plot is in truth light, and is told over the space of nearly two hours. In the original series the same ground might have been covered in about 25 mins and yet even with all that time on its hands many of the most colourful characters only get a few minutes of screentime.
For fans of the show I find myself conflicted between advising you to watch the movie or to remember the show at its height instead. Perhaps the best I can suggest is that you watch the movie but come to it with a less expectations of it than I did.
For those who don't know the TV series and are wondering if the movie can be watched on its own merits I would say yes but I would advise against it, the show had a lot of characters and in allowing all of them to have a bit of screentime makes the move 'flit' around a lot in a way I'm not sure I'd be able to make sense of if I hadn't seen the show. Instead I'd advise you to watch the original series, then at least, you'll understand what all the fuss was about.
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- Deadwood: The Movie review by AB
Well, I guess the film finally tied up the threads from the TV series but that's about all. Shame they didn't seem to worry about having a good storyline for the movie itself. What a shame; the series was superb in so many ways - this film was just kinda meh.
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Not the real thing
- Deadwood: The Movie review by TE
Both previous reviews sum it up well: watch the HBO box-set of the original Deadwood if you haven't already seen it, it is a great series, full of the darkness of the violent, greedy creation of the USA. And it is full of memorable characters and fresh, original dialogue.
This film is of interest to Deadwood fans, but mainly to confirm how good the original was.
Here the emphasis is on happy endings and consoling redemptions. It is as if the blandest team in the Disney studios were to do a movie sequel to The Wire.
Three stars just for the pleasure of seeing Ian McShane's last stand as Al Swearengen.
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