I saw this last week. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great. Looked good. Acted well. They made the movie a sequel to the Shining movie, so there are parts that are much different than the book.the book ending wasn’t great, the movie ending was worse.
I finally got around to seeing this. I watched it back to back with Kubrick's THE SHINING (1980). It was okay, but not great. It suffered by comparison to the classic film. To me the Kubrick film is just perfect and holds up well over time... Stephen King's dislike for it makes no sense to me. In my opinion the changes (the ghostly twins, the bleeding elevator, the hedge maze, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy") and improvisations ("Here's Johnny!") work quite well. Kubrick made the story his own and that should have been expected from a genius director. The DOCTOR SLEEP movie is an oddity since it is based upon King's sequel to the novel but more clearly is a sequel to the iconic 1980 movie. The DOCTOR SLEEP movie paid impressive attention to detail in recreating scenes and sets from the 1980 movie. However, for some reason this fell flat. When the DOCTOR SLEEP movie was doing its own thing, with Dan and Abra and their conflict with the True Knot, and Dan using his psychic gift to help people in the hospice, it was good. But towards the end it packed in so many "greatest hits" references that it came off like fan fiction, and just didn't work for me. The Jack Torrance cameo by an actor who wasn't Jack Nicholson did not work well at all since Nicholson was the heart and soul of the 1980 movie. My favorite part was the acting of Rebecca Ferguson who played Rose the Hat with menacing charisma. I am looking forward to seeing her play Lady Jessica in the new DUNE movie!
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2021 11:25:22 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
I read somewhere that King's views on the movie have softened over time and he doesn't hate it like he originally did. I remember him saying that his biggest issue was the Jack Torrence character, who I guess in King's mind was kind of a stand in for himself, and he was much more invested in his story.