'Deadwood' rides the last trip postponed

'Deadwood' rides the last trip postponed
"Deadwood" was one of the best dramas of HBO, before reaching an abrupt end in 2006, after only three seasons, due to a dispute between the chain and the creator of the series David Milch. "Deadwood: The Movie" welcomes if it's a bittersweet, characteristically unpleasant reunion, one that most justifies saddling the whole gang for one more ride.

Written by Milch, whose recent revelation of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease adds a cautionary note to the process, the plot recognizes the passage of time, as people gather in Deadwood, S.D. - an almost lawless territory when the series began - for a state celebration in 1889.
The majority of the residents live in the place, with some upward mobility in the intervening years, including the concierge Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), who is experiencing the negative effects of his licentious lifestyle; and Marshal Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), who has settled into domestic life with his wife Martha (Anna Gunn), after a difficult start in marriage.
The festivities, however, bring back two personalities who threaten to alter things, in different ways: Alma Garret (Molly Parker), the staunch heiress with whom Bullock exchanged smoldering looks, and then more; and robber thief George Hearst (Gerald McRaney), whose rise in Congress as California senator has not stolen his appetite for using Deadwood to improve his fortune.
As usual, it takes a bit of time to reactivate the language of Milch's dense age, and poetry is within lines of dialogue as the need to exhibit grace, "regardless of the provocation of the lesser or wicked men "
The pleasures of the scenes interpreted by this cast remain abundant, and the very nature of the central plot provides plenty of time for small moments, from Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) to Trixie (Paula) Malcomson) delivering a diatribe charged with explosions that incites to his friend Charlie (Dayton Callie) to say with admiration: "Time can not touch that". In fact no.
Granted, "Deadwood" would definitely have been better served by history at that time. The high cost of the program caused HBO to propose reducing the number of episodes, and Milch, feeling unappreciated, opted to disconnect instead of accepting the perceived indignity.
Even so, from Seth and Alma's longing to Swearengen's unparalleled vulgarity (when it comes to cursing, McShane offers Samuel L. Jackson a Hall of Fame-worthy run for his money), "Deadwood" a visit to a Well-deserved place.
If the drama was something better, or at least more urgent, in the difficult days where South Dakota is the only territory, the movie is crazy on the back of the excuse, this is really a case of better quality. late than never