17 July 2006

Miami Vice Redux

I went to see Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest today. It was OK, but I didn't like it as much as the first one. But this post isn't about that. When I was at the movies, I saw a sign for an upcoming movie. They are making a Miami Vice movie. For some reason, I found this disquieting. I always loved Miami Vice (I ordered the first season DVD last week). I am a teenager of the 80's. It was the one show that best epitomised the time. But what made it one of my favourite shows was that despite the clothes, the style, the cars, it was one of the few shows that actually looked into some serious issues (how many other shows in the 80's delved into American involvment in Central American politics with an episode that starred G. Gordon Liddy - "Ears, Sandanista Ears!"). It as also that turning point in television when the "good guys" weren't unrealistically flawed, they were damaged and acted as such. Miami Vice and surprising Magnum P.I were the first shows where, after they had been defeated, when the baddies dared the goodies to shoot them, they actually did.

So I don't think this movie is going to be that good, it will just be another cop movie set in Miami, it won't be Miami Vice.