Monday, May 01, 2006
DEATH IN PARADISE Movie
Tom Selleck returns as Jesse Stone
Death in Paradise is the third movie based on Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, Parker's five-pages-a-day, make-it-up-as-I-go style doesn't lend itself to a cohesive movie, but Selleck and company do a decent job tying together what, in my opinion, is the weakest book in the series.
Some dramatics were added, most notably the shooting of Stone's eager deputy Suitcase Simpson. This works because the chemestry is good between Tom Selleck/Stone and Kohl Sudduth/Simpson. As the returning actors become familiar to viewers, the TV characters are allowed to branch out from their book counterparts.
I preferred this movie to January's Night Passage, but Stone Cold still stands out as best.