God knows I am proud to be an American but sometimes we suck at things. Yes I can admit, we aren't always #1, for example remaking British tv series. The American Version of the Office is unwatchable to me, American version of Coupling didn't even last 5 episodes it was so bad, and there are many other examples... So, with much hesitation I watched the American Version of Life on Mars last night.
Let me preface this by saying I love Life on Mars (UK) and especially Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt...LOVE my Gene Hunt!!! So seeing Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt in the commercials was painful. Originally they had Colm Meaney cast as Gene and I screamed NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! But now that I've watched this, I do think he would have been better than Harvey. No offense Mr. Keitel-you just aren't Gene Genie!
So, much to my suprise and delight the American version was really good! I am sure it is going to be a big hit. It is very much like the UK version and that is a good thing. There were a few things that 'bothered' me but if you haven't seen the original it won't bother you. For one: the lead actor is more 'manly' or rugged than my version of Sam Tyler. Not bad, just different than John Simm's portrayal. Gretchen Mol totally pulled off Annie but was a bit too "perfect", part of Annie's charm is her vulnerability and softness. Even so, Ms. Mol does a great job in the role. One thing that bothered me was it looked like everyone was wearing a costume, it doesn't feel that way on the UK one. And Harvey Keitel is Harvey Keitel...he doesn't make a good Gene Hunt.
If you watched it, I'd love to know what you thought of it.