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Deadwood: The Movie

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Beloved profanity-laced Western gets a fab final sendoff.

Movie NR 2019 110 minutes
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Picking up a storyline over a decade later seems like a fool's errand, but writer David Milch wisely makes use of the passage of time by turning the inevitability of change into the theme of the film. Fans of the late, lamented series will find much to love in Deadwood: The Movie, which thankfully proves itself to be more than just an exercise in nostalgia. The characters may be older and grayer -- some are much worse for wear, thanks to a lifetime of hard living and alcohol abuse -- but they're all still themselves at their core, and the reunions and confrontations feel earned and natural. A remarkable thing about Deadwood the series was its portrayal of characters in a way that was very much in keeping with the time period (life was rough, especially for minorities and women), yet it still afforded them a humanity and agency not always seen in period pieces. This nuanced approach continues in the film, which provides a highly satisfying send-off to a series that was cut down in its prime.

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