Jesse Goes Fish-ing
One of the things which makes the "Jesse Stone" series of movies so good is that despite each one basically being a case of Jesse solving a couple of crimes it doesn't feel repetitive or wrong that a Chief of Police in a small town would have so much trouble to deal with. And that comes down to the brilliant writing which starts with the fact that each movie is the continuation of Jesse Stone's own story, his battle with demons and that evolves because we also have the continuation of those characters close to Jesse such as Rose. Then we get the couple of crimes but rather than just being Jesse investigating crime in Paradise they are worked into Jesse's personal story and those around him.
So that brings me to "Jesse Stone: No Remorse" the 6th movie in the "Jesse Stone" series and another one which is as good as the previous movies. Now as I mentioned we have the continuation of Jesse's (Tom Selleck - Monte Walsh) own story, we have him suspended from the police force in Paradise leading to a dark period of solitude as he shuts himself away from everyone else. But it also means that when Captain Healy (Stephen McHattie) asks him to consult on a crime spree in Boston he can especially as Healy is still recovering from the shooting which left him hospitalized. We also get the evolvement of the situation as Jesse discovers that the Town Council not only wants to get rid of him but also Luther (Kohl Sudduth) and Rose (Kathy Baker) and so we also get the continuation of their story especially Rose as her friendship with Jesse subtly grows.
In many ways a huge reason why you not only enjoy the "Jesse Stone" movies is that we have this on going drama with a lot of great characters. And on that note we also get lots of returning faces such as Hasty Hathaway (Saul Rubinek) who is now out of Prison, there is also Gino Fish (William Sadler) and his assistant Alan (Todd Hofley). But rather than just being these faces who crop up in a cameo each of these characters have an important part to play both when it comes to the ongoing drama but also the actual cases.
That brings me to the actual crimes and quite typically we have two but of course with Jesse suspended he can't officially be involved when it comes to the one in Paradise. So what we have is a convenience store robber who is violent and with Jesse suspended Luther and Rose must investigate but that doesn't stop Jesse secretly offering advice and pushing them into the right direction. We also get the murders in Boston which Jesse consults upon as a favour for Healy who shouldn't be back at work yet. What is nice is without giving anything away the Boston murders end up connecting to Gino Fish which not only means characters we watched in previous movies now have a bigger part to play but it also makes a revelation about Gino himself build upon his character.
The irony of this is that in the end because the joy of the "Jesse Stone" movies is watching how things relate and evolve that you end up not worrying so much about the solving of the crimes. And in a way that is the one weakness which "Jesse Stone: No Remorse" has because it plays too heavily on Jesse being a good guesser when it comes to solving crimes. Having said that when it comes to what actually happens when Jesse solves the crimes you won't be disappointed.
What this all boils down to is that once again "Jesse Stone: No Remorse" is a brilliant movie in the series which never seems to disappoint. Between the couple of crimes and the evolvement of Jesse's story as well as those close to him there is not a dull moment and I will guarantee you will want to watch the next one.
Tags: Jesse Stone Movies