Confession time: Magnum, p.i. is my favorite show. Ever.
You know how the Tolkien fan-boys screeched about every change Jackson wrought on Middle Earth? That’s nothing compared to the howls of outrage emanating from Chez jsgoddess if this movie goes forward. In other words, please Og, no.
Seriously, WTF is with this business of serious adaptations of old TV shows? The Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch Movie, and Starchky and Hutch films at least had some merit in having fun with the dated attitudes and peculiar blind spots of the original shows. They’re not really my bag but I can understand why people find them funny. But what’s the value in a Magnum P.I., or Miami Vice retooling? Those shows exist in their particular time; to make them successful cinematic efforts is going to require ejecting or reworking key stylistic and background elements; for instance, it’s not going to make much sense to have George Clooney playing a Vietnam veteran. (I guess they’ll make him a Desert War vet or something. :rolleyes: ) Miami Vice, a show that existed only to combine MTV-style editing and pop music with flashy cars and gunfights, doesn’t even have enough substance to merit an update; maybe it’ll be a good movie (Mann’s done some good and bad) but the only reason for entitling it Miami Vice is for the marketing hook.
Color me unimpressed and unlikely to even pay attention to reviews of these films. And when they get around to ripping of a Rockford Files movie, I’m going to take a long hike in the Sierras and consider whether I want to rejoin civilization.
[Highlander]There can be only one![/Highlander]
Even if Tom Selleck were dead and buried, they should exhume the body and cast him as Magnum before they choose Clooney. The acting would be way more believable and Tom would still outrate him in the sexy department
I don’t know; Clooney’s turned out to be a pretty good actual actor in the last few years. I can’t rate in on the sex appeal of one versus the other, but the chicks seem to dig Clooney. I just think the entire concept is flawed. If you want to make a film about a playboy detective running around Hawai’i, then call him “Dirk Mugglethorp” or “Ching Le Foo” or “Cousin What” or something.
It’s just a way of marketing what will inevitably be a mediocre and pointless film. I guess I should be happy about that; I won’t even have to read the reviews to know how they’ll read.
This is a travesty considering recent pics of Selleck (the 2005 SAG awards) show him as pretty much looking easily in shape enough to be Magnum. Shave off the goatee and keep the mustache and aside from some slight facial aging it’s just like it was 1980 all over again.