In the eighties, I was a big fan of Tom Selleck and his hit T.V. show, Magnum P.I. What wasn't there to love?
Wikipedia tells me that Selleck was born in 1945. When Magnum P.I. first went on the air he was thirty-five.
Fast forward twenty years or so. Selleck is now the producer and star of several movies about Jesse Stone, a character in a series of novels by Robert B. Parker. Stone is a former detective in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division who's let go because of a drinking problem and is hired as the police chief in the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts.
There's much to love about these movies. Jesse Stone is a much darker character than Magnum. His delivery of Parker's sparse dialogue, so simple on the page, takes on a winsome yet world-weary quality. To lines of dialogue like: "I will" and "You can" and "Call me Jesse," Selleck gives a certain something that's plain yet right. Parker himself said that Selleck had "nailed" Jesse Stone.
Need I mention that Jesse Stone is HOT and that women are always falling all over him? Oh, and he gets the bad guys.
What I also love about these movies is that Selleck shows his age. He has lines on his face and he's a little thick around the middle. And the other actors on the show--the supporting cast is terrific--look like real people. Also to admire (for gals of a certain age), the women Jesse cavorts with are age appropriate. There was a very young D.A. in one of the early movies, but she was quickly killed off. ;-)
The plots are engrossing. There are some ongoing story lines involving the tiny police department, the town, the city council, and the police and hoods of nearby Boston. It's fun to see Stone with his big city cop background collide with the small tourist town machine. It's a mature series of movies. Refreshingly different from the flash-bang glittery Botox silcone stuff that's usually on.
I hadn't seen Selleck on T.V. for awhile. I don't watch much network TV. I found the Jesse Stone movies via Netflix's recommended: "movies you might like." And I do. The Jesse Stone movies have made me (heart) Selleck all over again. My husband loves the movies too. If you to watch something great, rent these flicks. Here they are in order:
Stone Cold (2005)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006) a prequel to Stone Cold
Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise (2006)
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2010)