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Book Title: Midsomer Murders Death and the Divas|
Directors: Nicholas Laughland
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release Date: 2013-01-02
Runtime: 89 min
Stars: Neil Dudgeon,Jason Hughes,Fiona Dolman
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Full movie description "Midsomer Murders Death and the Divas":The Midsomer Langley Film Society shows a retrospective of horror films made by local actress Stella Harris but Stella is upstaged when glamorous movie star Diana Davenport, her sister, returns to the area for the first time in forty years with film producer husband Cy. The same night Eve Lomax, a writer working on a book about Stella, is murdered, her neck punctured as if by a vampire. Eve was not popular with Stella or film society president Colin Yule, who claims Eve stole a photo of Stella. Stella's daughter Emma tells Barnaby that Eve's landlord, the married Patrick, was sexually harassing her whilst Patrick claims Eve had a secret lover. Then there are two further slayings, both in the manner of murders from Stella's films. Could they be connected to a family secret from over forty years ago, linking death and the divas?
Reviews of the Midsomer Murders Death and the DivasWhen in its prime (a vast majority of Seasons 1-9), 'Midsomer Murders' was a great show and one that is watched and re-watched frequently. Seasons 10-13 became more uneven, with three of the show's worst episodes coming from Seasons 11 and 13, but there were a few solid episodes and "Blood Wedding" and especially "Master Class" were gems.
After John Nettles retired and Neil Dudgeon and the new character of John Barnaby took over, 'Midsomer Murders' just hasn't been the same, if anybody's read my reviews for the Season 14 episodes the reasons are detailed in those. After a mostly disappointing Season 14, with three decent-and-more episodes out of eight, Season 15 started off promisingly before jumping the shark with "Written in the Stars", "Death and the Divas" despite an inspired premise is little improvement.
Of course there are things that make "Death and the Divas" watchable still. As ever, most of the production values in "Death and the Divas" cannot be faulted as usual. It's beautifully and atmospherically shot with suitably picturesque scenery. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the haunting theme tune is one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.
Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes do their best, Dudgeon doesn't come over as overly-smug or disdainful and Hughes does have a fun moment when realising that one suspect is doing more than selling organic vegetables. Sykes steals every scene he's in, such a cute and amusing dog. Of the supporting cast, Sinead Cusack and Harriet Walter have great chemistry and really knock it out of the park making the most of less than game material.
However, the film footage is both overblown and amateurish, actually giving the very cheap 60s horrors a run for their money. The story had an inspired premise, but does nothing new with it, with murders that could have been elaborate considering the genre but were instead lazy and a far-fetched and over-complicated final solution further disadvantaged by the oldest motives in the book and the identity of the murderer being too obvious too soon. Not to mention the loose end with the car brakes.
Most of the supporting cast are awfully hammy, Henry Goodman's character felt like he belonged somewhere else entirely especially while John Carson and particularly Caroline Munro are completely wasted in throwaway roles. Kate and Sarah continue to be bland and charmless, and there is not much chemistry between the regulars, particularly the non-event one between Barnaby and Sarah. Barnaby's treatment of Jones is nowhere near as condescending and Jones isn't too much of an idiot but their chemistry does not have the sparkle that Jones had when paired with Tom Barnaby in the John Nettles era and Jones has been deserving of much more interesting material for a while now.
Pacing can be tedious and the script doesn't balance mystery and fun particularly well, both taking it too seriously or going too outlandishly, even for the premise. The most fun "Death and the Divas" gets actually is seeing Cusack and Walter trying to up-stage one another. The characters lack personality generally.
In summary, a disappointing waste of a good idea. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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