Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

Dead Like Me:
Life After Death (2009)

movie based on tv series: Dead Like Me
Director: Stephen Herek
Writers: Stephen Godchaux and John Masius
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Rating: 4

Description from imdb:
After the departure of Rube Sofer, a new head reaper named Cameron Kane takes over. He's a slick businessman who couldn't care less about helping the newly dead. Chaos ensues and brings out the worst in Daisy and Mason who begin drinking anew. George and Reggie re-connect for the first time when George reaps a new friend of Reggie's.

Description of tv series from wikipedia:
Dead Like Me is an American television comedy-drama starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers who "live" and work in Seattle, Washington.

The show explores the "lives" and experiences of a small team of such Reapers, as well as the post-mortem changes in George and her family as they deal with George's death.

Grim Reapers:
In the world of Dead Like Me, Grim reapers do not wear black cloaks or carry scythes (cloaks and scythes are only featured during the opening credits, for humorous effect), but their role remains traditional: they remove the souls of the living shortly before death and escort them into their afterlife.

Death has a list of who is scheduled to die and when. This list is delivered to the head of each group by a shadowy figure (when the delivery is made to Rube's apartment, it is shown that the delivery is made by an actual shadow, with only the list of names becoming corporeal when it is delivered). The head of each group then gives each Reaper a non-transferable assignment to collect a particular soul or souls.

My two bits
In-a-word: graveling

The tv series ended after two seasons in 2004. This movie was released in February and because I enjoyed the show, I was compelled to watch this latest creation.

It starts off with a recap of the tv series in comic book form. I always think it's so cool when movies incorporate animation or comics in the storytelling.

The movie was just as entertaining as the tv series and answered more questions in regards to the Reaper life. However, there are still more things that need explaining and a continuation of the show or another movie would be grand.

Loved getting in touch with the characters again, although the Daisy actress changed which was okay :-(

Treat to see:
Henry Ian Cusick starring as Cameron
--aka Desmond in LOST

Any other watchers of this show out there?

Watch out for the upcoming YA paranormal story with another kind of dead-related theme:

by E. Van Lowe

A series about a 15 1/2 year old, bi-racial necromancer who lives in Hollywood California. Kris Golden has a relationship with all things dead. She can raise the dead, spot the dead walking among us, but her main goal in life is to help lay the risen dead back to rest.

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