When TV series do feature films it’s always a bit of a wonder why they even bother in my mind, unless they need to do something big that a TV series just can’t afford to do, be it with money or time. Or maybe it’s a way to wrap up the whole series in a one off type of way where they tie up every loose ends, which is both satisfying for the fans, and new audience members alike.
Serenity is one such film, which nicely tied up the TV show Firefly, and Sex And The City 2 is an example of a movie that just didn’t need to be made, even though the series was great and the first movie decent. There are plenty of other examples I’m sure for both sides of the coin, but I just feel more often than not it’s more a play to make more money for the creators and talent on the show, than actually driving the story ahead in a positive direction.
So when I saw that Reno 911 had a movie, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, as even though I liked the series and have seen the whole thing, it was a type of format that didn’t seem to relate well to film. Not only that, it was a show that had 7 seasons and this movie came out after the first 5 and 2 that followed it, so it didn’t wrap anything up, and could it really have the kind of spectacle a feature film version required? The short answer is no, no it didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, it was fun to watch, and as good as the TV series, but other than setting it in Miami, there was very little else that made it feel like a spectacle, or anything more than what they may have been able to do on the show. The story telling format was exactly the same, and I kind of feel this could have just been a half season special, told over 3-4 episodes. But hey, it was still nice watching a story that ran for longer than 23 minutes I guess.
8 out of 10 from me!!!