Before we get to this week’s feature, let’s check in with the box office report.
Sequels are reigning supreme right now. “Think Like a Man Too” was No. 1 last weekend. Right behind was the action comedy “22 Jump Street,” with “How to Train Your Dragon 2” sitting comfortably in third place.
Opening at No. 4 was “Jersey Boys,” director Clint Eastwood’s drama about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. That’s a little bit of a departure for “Rawhide” Clint, but he might be interested in today’s column, since we’ll be discussing a series set in the West.
Law and order meets Big Sky country in A&E’s original series “Longmire,” which takes place in modern-day Absaroka County, Wyoming. The drama follows Sheriff Walt Longmire (Australian actor Robert Taylor), who is an echo from grittier times. His mouthy deputy from Philly, Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackoff of “Battlestar Galactica”), and his best friend and confidant, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), assist him in solving murders.
The series, based upon the mystery thrillers by author Craig Johnson, currently is in its third season and really has found its stride. While I enjoy the police procedural element, as the series introduces a new murder with nearly every episode, what makes “Longmire” most watchable is how its characters are developing and revealing the skeletons of their pasts. For this reason, I don’t recommend just jumping into the series. Go back and start at the beginning.
I really enjoy watching Taylor and Sackoff work together because they are so different and yet so natural in their roles. Speaking of natural, this is the best role I’ve ever seen Phillips play.
Here’s a crazy fact: Taylor didn’t always play a cowboy. Believe it or not, he appeared in “The Matrix.” Yes, that was him as one of the villainous sentient programs assisting Agent Smith. Crazy, right?
“Longmire” can drag, but just when it is moving too slowly, something really cool and unique to the West crops up. In my opinion, this series has a ton of potential. It’s worth sticking with it, which makes me … a fan!
Speaking of crazy, I may have lost my mind folks, because after four years, I’ve decided to take a break from film reviews, making this the final installment of Showtime with Sasha. Thank you so much for reading. I’ll see you at the movies!
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