25 July 2015 | vilafire
Best MSW Movie
I am a huge Murder, She Wrote fan (and Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, and John Dickson Carr fan, including adaptations) but for the longest time I had never seen the MSW movies, except for Celtic Riddle (I had read that book before it became a movie actually.) I was feening them like an addict. I looked everywhere, couldn't find them. Finally, Hallmark aired the three movies a few years ago.
I'm over the moon. Really, if this were part of the regular series I'd be saying this was my favorite episode block ever. We have Jessica at a writer's conference, people calling her on all her investigating and the publicity it's brought her books, questioning her motives. It's beautiful. While it still hovers just below painting a picture of a complex character it gives us a lot to like.
And the story is classic MSW. In fact, altogether I'd say this is back to basics. Great plot, more than just cardboard cutouts for characters, and a sleek production. While there wasn't a high body count, the main murder was bloody (considering it's MSW we're talking about.) Also, ASTDF features some of the best acting in supporting roles MSW had seen in a long time (after the late 90s cringe- inducing performances from young "up and comers.") And, this might be Angela's finest portrayal of Jessica Fletcher yet. Maybe because she's aged, but she seems more vulnerable than ever before (save Thursday's Child).
I only wish somehow Seth could've been involved, as with all the movies we don't even get a single mention of Cabot Cove (IIRC).
If you haven't seen it, and you're a fan, make every effort to do so. You won't be disappointed.
Angela, I love you. Jessica, I can't wait till they remake you and your world for a new audience -- which I'm sure they will.