Once again, the expression "you can't go back" comes to mind...
The film involves a change in management for the reapers. In a not
particularly satisfying move, Patinkin's character apparently finally
is allowed to die when the series' beloved Waffle House is destroyed
(though you never actually see him in the film). And in a surprise
move, a rich and charming guy is the new boss--a guy who really could
care less if the reapers do their jobs correctly. In fact, his
character was a real cipher, as you had no idea who he really was or
what his motivation was--was he the Devil, an idiot or what?! Some of
the characters respond true in this new situation, as Mason acts like a
jerk--just like Mason always behaved int he show. Some respond in ways
that make it look like the writers may have never seen the original
show--just like Roxy behaved (it was so inconsistent). In addition, in
several subplots, Delores is dealing with the imminent death of her
cat, George's sister, Reggie, is still depressed and obsessed and
George touches a guy who is SUPPOSED to die but he doesn't. There is
enough material for three or four episodes, actually, and it might have
worked better if the focus had been tighter. Also, the old sick sense
of humor, while present, is not as obvious--with a greater emphasis on
George and Reggie working through their issues together.
I was a huge fan of the Showtime series "Dead Like Me". I saw every
episode and I bought both seasons on DVD--so I am obviously interested
in the characters. So, when I heard that a new Dead Like Me film was
coming out, I was eager to see it. However, given that it was direct to
DVD, I was also apprehensive. I was even more apprehensive when I
learned that several important characters would not be returning. In
particular, Mandy Patinkin's character (the centerpiece of the show)
and Laura Harris would not be playing Daisy Adair--some new actress
would take on this same role--much like a lady played "New Jan" (Geri
Reischl) in the horrible Brady Bunch revival in "The Brady Bunch Hour".
And, like New Jan, the new Daisy neither looked nor acted like the old
Daisy. In fact, she was pretty bad in just about every way. Because of
this, I really wish they'd written her character out of the movie as
Overall, this movie proves once again you can't go back. After a series
has wrapped, followup movies are almost invariably inferior as the
original chemistry is too hard to recapture. If you are a fan of the
series, you may still enjoy this. If you aren't, then the film will do
nothing to stimulate your interest.
By the way, as a DVD extra, there's a promotional film included with
interviews of the cast. I recommend you do NOT watch it, as it doesn't
really provide much inside information and looks like more of a pep
rally than anything else. In other words, the actors congratulate
themselves incessantly AND keep pointing out how wonderfully everything
came together--sure signs that the film is a disappointment AND the
cast struggled to complete it.
Sadly, a disappointment overall..
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great movie to a great show.
When I heard this was coming out I was totally stoked. This show ranks
with Firefly as one of the great shows that the suits have killed for
their sadistic glee. That being said I picked it up an watched it with
my wife last night. The movie feels a bit different from the series but
I was most struck by the hole left through the loss of Rube, Der Waffle
House, and the changing of the actress who played Daisy. Rube and Der
Waffle House I can understand as the movie is about change and moving
forward. The Daisy thing felt like the quick switch they tried with
Saavik in the Star Trek Movies. The new girl felt more like a has been
actress than Daisy did and just didn't pull of her devil may care sunny
disposition. I was surprised to see Georges sister all grown up since
it didn't feel like 5 years had gone by, but that fits with he story as
well. Overall the movie did an excellent job of showing the pain of
reconciling loss and moving forward with your life and I hope to see
more of these in the future. An excellent job all around..