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Is a Sopranos Movie Next?

There's war, there's politics, there's a pro basketball championship, there's a compelling series on the sad history and current state of the D.C. public schools, and there's the final episode of the Sopranos. It's the Sopranos that have dominated the comments from our readers this morning as they weighed in on both Tom Shales's review and Philip Rucker's sit-in with HBO viewers. In both cases, the readers who have written are divided on whether this was a great finish or a disappointing one, and several have suggested it's just a set-up for the inevitable movie.

Let's start with Rob_, who said, "The ending was perfect. We experience the peril that surrounds every moment of Tony's life, and the abrupt conclusion could as easily be Tony's sudden death or not. But as A.J. reminds Tony, Tony once said you need to focus on the good things. That's what Tony was doing, having dinner with his family, focusing on the good things."

But jjevansjr said, "That was the lamest series finale that I've ever seen. I should have watched the NBA game instead." if he had, he would noticed that it was over in the second quarter as Parker, Ginobili and Duncan dismantled the Cavaliers. But I digress.

Not all Sopranos viewers are fans. DaysofBrokenArrows wrote that "This show is little more than a trendy 'Dynasty' for well-to-do liberals who like to use words like 'post modern' and 'amoral.' ... It set Italian-Americans back 50 years and is the 'Amos and Andy' of its time...."

And tbrucia seconded the motion, saying, "The Sopranos' was one more step in the methodical and systematic desensitization of the public to violence... I've gotta agree with 'Days...' that the show "set Italian-Americans back 50 years... Sadly, the public LIKES this stuff, so it is watched..."

"Isn't it obvious that the show ended with Tony's death?" drankland asked. "After all, when you die, you don't get to watch yourself."

kralford said, "I can't wait for the movie. :-)" and 2sense agreed, saying, "I liked the ending... Seeing Phil get wacked and his head run over and a passerby tossing should be enough violence for 40 minutes. Might see the survivors in a movie before not too long."

I'll have to wait for the movie, too. Based on conversations with friends and acquaintances over the weekend, I appear to be the only person alive who has never seen as much as a single episode of the Sopranos.

By Doug Feaver  |  June 11, 2007; 7:50 AM ET
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