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on December 29, 2013
I pretty much guessed that the “Sweeney” 2012 would not be anything like it predecessor TV show made in the late 1970s staring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. The use of baseball bats and clubs by the 2012 Sweeney are a play on the use of baseball bats and clubs used by the 1970 Sweeny in then gun free England, when the 1970’s cops and the crooks mixed it up in down and dirty fist fights that were buttresses with brass knuckles, clubs, chains and anything else handy during an interrupted bank robbery, armored car holdup or what not heist.
Gun battles in Britain were a no no in the 1970’s all of which changed with Britain joining what was then called the Common Market, which evolved into the European Union, and the building of the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, ending England’s splendid isolation from evils of modern crime and allowing the illegal importation of firearms and there use in British society.
Seeing John Thaw as the head-thumping, crook stumping Inspector Jack Reagan vs. the cultured opera loving Inspector Morse provides interesting insight into the craft of an actor, as I still recall one line from the 1970’s Sweeney series where Jack Reagan berates any copper or individual who shows an appreciation for opera.
When I first viewed the 1970’s Sweeny films, I knew right away that the British were making better films in the 1970’s then we Americans were making in the 1990’s, and thus began my commerce in DVDs with Amazon.co.uk along with the purchase of a universal DVD player.
The absence of racial stereotypes, and the depicting of nudity and sex play, both male and female in the 1970’s Sweeney showed British TV to be miles ahead of its American counter part, even up to the modern day, but alas, the British have now caught up with the Americans, making British sex scenes just as boring as the sex scenes made in Hollywood. The British police in the 2012 Sweeney announcing themselves to the bad guys by yelling “Armed Response” will no doubt confuse American audiences who don’t realize that many British cops still don’t carry side arms. But alas again, what the British public doesn’t realize is that all their police will be carrying firearms in the future, just as their American counterparts do.
And thus we arrive at the true meaning of the negative criticism from across the pond against the 2012 Sweeny film, and that is to wit that our British cousins and their culture have evolved into a culture that is exactly American. The 1970’s five year Sweeney TV series was the most popular show on British television, and the millions of TV viewers who watched that show must now realize, after viewing the 2012 Sweeney film, that there is now no difference between British society and American society. And I’m sure there are a lot of unhappy faces about that evolution.
I think the film would have been better if it had been made as a period piece in the 1970s. There can be no Sweeney today just as their were no gun battles in Britain in the 1970s.