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Reggie Has Been Revamped For The Naughties,
This review is from: Reggie Perrin - Series 1 [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
In the 70s, Reggie Perrin was a phenomena, it was the first time someone with mental issues got on TV, and it captivated the audience, as it was different and rather leftfeild - the repetitive life that Reggie followed really leant towards compassion for him, plus he had his mother-in-law who was a nightmare for him - The Hippopotamus as he refereed to her as. His boss, CJ was rather old-fashioned and always had narcissist thoughts about how he came to power at Sunshine Deserts. Leonard Rossiter was amazing as Reggie, and brought his own fresh impression.
Fast forward 30 years, and here we are, with Martin Clunes, who, is a grumpy old man here, and really not as hyper active as Reggie was, he's just a depressed old man, where as Rossiter's incarnation was rather manic, and was more of a problem with his mind, than just pure boredom as Clunes' version. Here he works for Groomtech, with his dull secretary, who's nothing like the charming Joan, who had a lot of sex appeal, whereas Vicky just seems rather dull. I didn't really like CJ's new incarnation - Neil Stuke better known as agoraphobic Matthew in Game On, as I thought he was just too uptight and tight lipped, whereas CJ in the original was more vibrant. His new goons are not as much as fun as the ones who said "great, super", as they were not stupid, just had silly ways of expressing themselves.
I did like Jasmine though, and it's a good thing for the new version, as now he's moved from fancying his secretary to liking a co-worker where he goes to meetings with. I also liked his wife, Nicola, who's a lot better than his wife in the 70s, Elizabeth - I think Faye is better than Pauline Yates in many ways; and she seems to have more fun with the role, than housewife Elizabeth.
There are some great similes though, with Reggie still having trouble with the trains, and him throwing his accessories around the office like he did with the original. I liked the way CJ didn't have his desk too, it's something the old CJ would have done.
The things I hated though include the lack of any real vibrance - the storylines are dull and are not as good as the original; and they've made Reggie into more of a womaniser, whereas I think he really just lusted for Joan. I didn't really find it as funny as the original too- I didn't think the writing was as good as the original, even though there are supposed to be original writers helping them out.
Sometimes I think it's better to leave old shows where they belong, in the past, to enjoy on DVD and on satellite, ratter than badly remixing them for a new audience.
Rent, don't buy.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2009 12:33:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2009 12:34:08 GMT
Cyril Smith says:
It would appear that most of your criticisms can be summed up as "It isn't the same as the original". Well, of course - it is something different, but related. It is very good in its own way, and I for one found it a wonderfully intelligent counterpoint to so much of the dross that's about on TV.
The other thing is that I don't see how your conclusion (and rating) follow from the rest of your review - you mention the good sides, throw in some random criticisms, and then say not to buy it??
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2009 12:49:29 GMT
DL Productions UK says:
Yes, because I just don't think it has that "sticky" value, you won't be going back to this often, as it's only mediocre.
There are some good moments, but not enough to justify having this take up useful DVD space.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010 07:36:31 BDT
Rick Godwit says:
DLP - I agree with your assessment of this remake and overall I thought your comments reasonably well balanced. A couple of comments - I am not sure that I agree with you that Reggie had mental problems - he wasn't delusional, at leats not in a pathological manner. Moreover, Edna the Inebriate Woman predates, I think, the initial TV series of Perrin. Last point, although Rossiter was very good I still found the TV series a little anodyne compared to the books which were very funny, rude, comic noir perhaps?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 21:10:49 GMT
S. Branley says:
"It would appear that most of your criticisms can be summed up as "It isn't the same as the original". "
Then I suggest you should read his review again, as that's not at all what he said. He was quite detailed in why he did and didn't like individual characters as well as storylines, and as this is a remake, some comparison to the original is inevitable.
I agree there's a lot of dross on TV, but where we differ is that I include this among it. Intelligent it is not.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2011 23:27:04 GMT
DL Productions UK says:
Thank you for pointing that out.
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