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Anuddercast Movie Review – Steven King’s Doctor Sleep

by | Oct 30, 2019 | Movie Reviews

Anuddercast Movie Review – Steven King’s Doctor Sleep

by | Oct 30, 2019 | Movie Reviews

For the second time this month, a film I went to see opened with the old Warner Bros. logo. This time, it was followed by the ominous intro score from ‘The Shining’ – ‘Dies Irae’.

This set the tone perfectly as we immediately returned to 1980 and begin our tale with Wendy and Danny Torrance as they attempt to move on with their lives after the events at The Overlook Hotel.

While I was at an early screening of the film tonight, press screenings were held days ago, and in the commentary that followed, it was revealed that director Mike Flanagan took some liberties with King’s book that more aligned his film with Kubrick’s film in certain places.
For me, there couldn’t have been better news because I found the book ‘Doctor Sleep’ to be a bit….boring.

The exposition of characters felt a bit long winded in the book, while here during it’s two hour and thirty three minute run time, I think they were established fairly quickly, and considering that their arcs concluded similarly, we more or less ‘got to the point’ in all the time that was really required.

Ewan McGregor delivered a great performance as Ewan McGregor always does. The psychological turmoil of the adult ‘Danny Torrance’ came across convincingly well.

The film made the story more concise, and I think that made it work better for me overall, as I felt the book really dragged most of the time.

If you’re a fan of Kubrick’s film as I am, the third act is just pure visual joy. I mean…stuff you’re just not going to be able to get enough of, and you’re going to be left wondering how they pulled off.

If I’m being honest though, I couldn’t help but feel that this was the greatest opportunity to be the first Hollywood film to utilize ‘Deep Fakes’ in a big way; through whatever licensing deals had to be made, and whatever perfecting of the technology had to be done.

Had they done that…it would have been a mind blower on a grand scale – it would be something that was never forgotten – it would have taken a good film, and shot it into the stratosphere of film goer consciousness.

But maybe Hollywood isn’t ready for that yet.

If you’re a fan of ‘The Shining’ as I am…you’re going to already be there when this opens next weekend and this review is pointless.

If you’re just a casual fan, you’re going to see a really solid story that will take you back in time to something that probably scared the shit out of you when you first saw it on the ‘CBS Saturday Night Movie’.

Or…watch ‘Joe Dirt’ again. Makes no difference to me.

Joe McCabe

Joe McCabe

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