Plot: The Film picks up the place season seven left off, with Mickey within the wind and Ray decided to seek out and cease him earlier than he could cause any extra carnage. The movie additionally weaves collectively the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years in the past.
Evaluate: Ray Donovan was unceremoniously canceled by Showtime again in February 2020. With the eighth season deliberate to be the final, collection creator David Hollander was left with many plot components hanging and followers with out a satisfying conclusion. A 12 months later, star Liev Schrieber introduced a feature-length film that will wrap the storylines of the Donovan clan with Hollander behind the digital camera. Schrieber and Hollander collaborated on the script for the film which is lastly arriving to wrap the story of Ray’s long-simmering showdown together with his father, Mickey (Jon Voight). The end result, even for hardcore followers of Ray Donovan, is considerably underwhelming and nearly makes the sting of the collection’ cancellation really feel that a lot worse.
By way of a three-minute, dialogue-free opening recap, we see a fast abstract of the seven seasons value of pressure between the Donovan father and son. Then, the cliffhanger ending of season seven is proven, that includes the loss of life of Declan Sullivan (Kevin Corrigan), James Sullivan (Peter Gerety), and Smitty (Graham Rogers). Ray then begins recounting his sins over a telephone name with Dr. Arthur Amiot (Alan Alda) which frames the narrative of the film. What follows over the subsequent hour and a half is a mix of Ray’s seek for Mickey with flashbacks to his youth, giving extra perception into how Mickey turned the catastrophic presence in his household.
A part of the issue with Ray Donovan as a collection is that it shifted away from what it was about. The present began because the story of a Hollywood fixer who may get celebrities out of the stickiest conditions. Nearly as good as Liev Schrieber and Jon Voight have been, and so they have the Emmy nominations to assist that, the collection all the time felt like a pulpier tackle high-quality premium cable collection. By shifting the main target away from the fixer storyline and making this actually about Ray and his father, Ray Donovan started to really feel like a New England model of The Sopranos. Mimicking higher movies and collection, this present has all the time been acquainted and protected and by no means fairly turned what it may have been. Ray Donovan: The Film isn’t any totally different.
Just like The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, Ray Donovan: The Film offers us prolonged flashes again to the loss of life of Ray’s sister which fashioned the idea for the rift between Ray and his father. In these scenes, younger Ray (Chris Grey) and Mickey (Invoice Heck) take care of the autumn out of Bridget’s loss of life and we get to fulfill many characters from Ray’s grownup life. It’s an intriguing story, to make certain, however forcing it right into a single episode/film feels rushed. A lot of Ray Donovan: The Film feels rushed and lacks any subtlety. This can be a blunt, easy story that doesn’t actually pack many surprises on its option to a reasonably predictable ending.
It takes nearly a full hour for the primary intense second of Ray Donovan: The Film to happen and it’s shortly adopted by a flashback that derails the momentum of the sequence. The rest of the movie follows the identical sample, shifting from flashback to the primary story to the wraparound dialog between Ray and Dr. Amiot. For nearly two hours, this film bounces between the three because it slowly builds to the inevitable conclusion. I want I had extra optimistic phrases to say about this film however it pales in comparison with much more profitable collection endings like Deadwood: The Film. That movie managed to provide your entire ensemble forged an opportunity to say goodbye whereas Ray Donovan: The Film relegates many most important characters to minor supporting roles.
Wrapping up eighty-two episodes value of character improvement and plot in 100 minutes isn’t any simple process. Hollander and Schrieber know the ins and outs of the Donovan clan higher than anybody and but they fail to seize the immediacy of this story by spending extra time lamenting, grieving, and reflecting. Nothing significantly cinematic happens to make this really feel like a function movie. This “film” actually seems like an prolonged episode. Had Ray Donovan had a full season to wrap the whole lot up, this finale would have felt a lot totally different and earned the ending that this film fails to ship. However, after two years of ready for an explosive conclusion, Ray Donovan: The Film finally ends up sending the franchise out with a whimper.
Ray Donovan: The Film premieres on January 14th on Showtime.