(Warning: Spoilers ahead.)
As expected, the movie starts five years after George (Ellen Muth) died and became a reaper. Head reaper, Rube (Mandy Patinkin) “got his lights” and the reapers have a new boss, Cameron (Henry Ian Cusick).
The Post-it notes are gone in favor of smart phones and the diner where the reapers used to meet is a pile of ashes. And Cameron’s approach to reaping is just the opposite of Rube’s by-the-book attitude. Those differences change the whole tone of the story — and not necessarily in a good way.
Now, George is sort of the moral compass, the reaper who chooses ethics over the new life, er, death of luxury Cameron brings to the scene. And Cameron’s approach to George is annoying and, well, kind of gross.
Even Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy) and Daisy (Sarah Wynter) are not the characters we know and love, especially Roxy and Daisy. Roxy’s storyline, in fact, goes against everything we know about the character.
Daisy, formerly played by Laura Harris, just seems out of place. I’m not sure whether the acting or the script is to blame. Suffice it to say that the character just isn’t funny.
The good news is that Ellen Muth’s voice is even better — if Muth doesn’t smoke, I’d be shocked — and she has some great moments in the Dead Like Me movie. A touching storyline in which George’s sister Reggie (Britt McKillip) discovers that she is a reaper goes a long way toward helping George come to terms with her death.
Muth also narrates much of the DVD commentary, which, along with other special features, may be worth the price of the DVD if you’re a DLM fan. The recap at the beginning of the film is also nicely done — kudos to the graphic artists.
I have to say, though, that I almost wish the movie hadn’t been made. Nice as it is to see the reapers again, the film doesn’t tie up any loose ends. It’s just another episode, and not even an especially good one.
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