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Friday, January 14, 2022

Ray Donovan: The Movie: Just Deserts, Real and Imaginary



Well, I really enjoyed Ray Donovan: The Movie, even though I guessed the ending about halfway into the 1 hour and 41 minute film.

[Spoilers ahead ... ]

What I guessed, as soon as Bridget started driving up to Boston, was that she was going to kill Mick, and Ray was going to take the rap.  That was a completely logical and even satisfying development.

Meanwhile, it was good to see exactly how Mick ended up going to jail for so long, for most of his adult life.  Ray framing him, not for something that Ray did, but for something someone else did, not to get that guy off the hook, but to get Mick out of his life. That puts Mick in a completely different, more sympathetic light.

It was also satisfying to see how Mick, with all of his flaws, still very much loved his son, up until the very end.  That was one complex family brought to us over the seasons and in this finale movie.  Bunch ended up with the best deal -- maybe a chance to set things right with Teresa and their child.  Terry wound up with a very sad deal: having a big delicious dinner he prepared with an imaginary family -- his family, but all in his head.

I guess they all had luck, those who survived, by the very fact that they did survive.  I have no idea what growing up in Boston was really like -- I grew up in the Bronx -- but, yeah, it sure wasn't easy for these people.  It left permanent scars of the soul, and they played out over these many seasons and this powerful finale which I'm glad Showtime allowed after cutting off the last season in the wrong place.





See also Ray Donovan 7.1: Getting Ahead of the Game ... Ray Donovan 7.2: Good Luck ... Ray Donovan 7.3: "The Air that I Breathe" ... Ray Donovan 7.4: Claudette and Bridget ... Ray Donovan 7.5: Bing! ... Ray Donovan 7.6: Phone Booths and Cellphones ,,, Ray Donovan 7.7: Back Story ... Ray Donovan 7.8: The Wife ... Ray Donovan 7.9: Pulling for Life ... Ray Donovan 7.10: Linda to Elvis

See also Ray Donovan 6.1: The New Friend ... Ray Donovan 6.2: Father and Sons ... Ray Donovan 6.4: Politics in the Ray Style ... Ray Donovan 6.6: The Mayor Strikes Back ... Ray Donovan 6.7: Switching Sides ... Ray Donovan 6.8: Down ... Ray Donovan 6.9: Violence and Storyline ... Ray Donovan 6.10: Working Together ... Ray Donovan 6.11: Settled Scores and Open Questions ... Ray Donovan Season 6 Finale: Snowfall and Mick

See also Ray Donovan 5.1: Big Change  ... Ray Donovan 5.4: How To Sell A Script ... Ray Donovan 5.7: Reckonings ... Ray Donovan 5.8: Paging John Stuart Mill ... Ray Donovan 5.9: Congas ... Ray Donovan 5.10: Bunchy's Money ... Ray Donovan 5.11: I'm With Mickey ... Ray Donovan 5.12: New York

See also Ray Donovan 4.1: Good to Be Back ... Ray Donovan 4.2: Settling In ... Ray Donovan 4.4: Bob Seger ... Ray Donovan 4.7: Easybeats ... Ray Donovan 4.9: The Ultimate Fix ... Ray Donovan Season 4 Finale: Roses

And see also Ray Donovan 3.1: New, Cloudy Ray ... Ray Donovan 3.2: Beat-downs ... Ray Donovan 3.7: Excommunication!

And see also Ray Donovan 2.1: Back in Business ... Ray Donovan 2.4: The Bad Guy ... Ray Donovan 2.5: Wool Over Eyes ... Ray Donovan 2.7: The Party from Hell ... Ray Donovan 2.10: Scorching ... Ray Donovan 2.11: Out of Control ... Ray Donovan Season 2 Finale: Most Happy Ending

And see also Ray Donovan Debuts with Originality and Flair ... Ray Donovan 1.2: His Assistants and his Family ... Ray Donovan 1.3: Mickey ... Ray Donovan 1.7 and Whitey Bulger ... Ray Donovan 1.8: Poetry and Death ... Ray Donovan Season 1 Finale: The Beginning of Redemption


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