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Many Takes on the Many Saints

It's been a bit of a rocky road for The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. Not all the critics have taken to the latest from David Chase.

 

David Sims of The Atlantic wrote:

"A number of the observations about the strictures of gangland life that The Many Saints of Newark bumps up against are compelling, but the film is a victim of its own compression, telling a season's worth of stories in two hours. I walked out of the theater itching to rewatch the show that inspired it—but I'm not sure if that's a compliment."


Manohla Dargis of The New York Times put it this way:
"In the end, the best thing about The Many Saints of Newark is that it makes you think about The Sopranos, but that's also the worst thing about it.

 

Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal also had issues with the film:

"Even the pleasurable sight of Michael Gandolfini—son of the late James Gandolfini, who played Tony in that series—as young Tony was never going to make up for the complete absence, in this film, of anything remotely reflective of the tone and color of The Sopranos. Or of anything resembling a credible character or plot line."

 

What's your take on The Many Saints...? Are prequels always a good idea? What's working well for Breaking Bad may not be for any series that lasts for five or six years. Any need to prequel The Shield or The Wire? Talk to us.

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