Monday, January 16, 2006

Jesse Stone: Night Passage

This one didn't have the hype or stakes of Stone Cold, but it was good to see the movie treatment of Jesse Stone's cross-country trek to Paradise, MA. As this is now a TV movie series, the tone will vary with each one. The success of Stone Cold opened the door for this somewhat slower-paced prequel to be told, and I appreciated that many of the supporting cast reprised their roles.

My chief gripe about Parker movies is that his lines seem recited rather than spontaneous. I noticed more of this in Night Passage than in Stone Cold. Actors have to be allowed to play with lines somewhat, find deliveries they are comfortable with that also serve the creator's intent.

Still, I'm glad much of what's good about Parker's books is finally showing onscreen.

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