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Doc Martin (2004)
A brusque new Doc hits the village and my, does he turn heads!
At times, in the hopes of finding some worthwhile entertainment, I tune into our local Public Broadcasting Station. I've seen so many memorable and beloved films and series there (Blackadder, Prime Suspect, I,Claudius Full Monty...the list goes on), so I'm always hopeful, and a few months ago, I was richly rewarded by stumbling upon the wonderful Martin Clunes in Doc Martin.
Some here have noted that a certain population (a large one at that)of Americans prefer entertainment to be non-stop action with loud music & poor character development - call it "mental masturbation." SO TRUE! Another nightmare is the ham-fisted way Hollywood will take a beautiful foreign film and mangle it to the point it's not recognizable as having ANY source material, except an extremely violent music video. It is BEYOND a horror. Don't feel alone now; they are doing the same to American Classic Films (Manchurian Candidate, Sabrina, even Planet of the Apes!! Some films are so phenomenal that a remake seems a sacrilege and the subtle skills of a heartfelt performance seems to be WAY our of their expertise.
SO, that being said, YES YES YES! I recognized Martin Clunes immediately from Men Behaving Badly. This of course plays against type and Clunes is fantastic. He's abrupt, although a care giver, seems not to care for people as a race, and he lives a lonely life having left a thriving practice in Londan after realizing he could no longer perform as a top-flight surgeon. He returns to a very lovely and picturesque village on the cliffs of Cornwall and sets up office as a GP.
I don't want to give any spoilers as to what happens after he arrives at his new digs, but if possible, WALK, BIKE, RUN, SKATEBOARD (or DRIVE) to an eclectic DVD store, order online, try to catch it on your local PBS channel or BBC America. Unless you are a fan of ONLY films in the Terminator: 3/steroidal cinema genre, I do believe you'll find it as charming and engrossing as I have done.It looks as though awkward Doc Martin may have found "HIS" place.