Doctor Sleep – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee sonogan

2hr 32min (2019) Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Danny Torrance: You need to listen to me. The world’s a hungry place. A dark place. I’ve only met two or three people like us. They died. When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don’t know about magic. I, I always called it “the shining.”

As promised, here is my movie version review watched after I consumed the entire audiobook. Once more Doctor Sleep is an adaptation and sequel of Stephen King’s The Shinning. For good reasons, this film got a mixed reaction from all critics and fans alike. The hype behind this one initially had high expectations from a lot of people although listening to the full book I have plenty to say about the differences and the overall delivery of the film.

First, the only pros I can really say about this movie is the visual cinematography and the suspenseful soundtrack. If you did not read the book maybe it was enough to be classed as horror. Enjoying the book way more than this spin-off, it felt more like a cheap family-friendly superhero movie than true King style. The descriptive writing powers of King is a hard task to pull off, the plot skipped over much character development, important other characters and changed a lot of controversial fictional events to be more politically correct.

The original source material made Rose the Hat and the True Knot an evil force that was truly scary while this movie makes them look like a joke. In reverse Abra in the book is way more intense in the book as she gets more control of her power. Lacking psychological fear, a lot of the scenes I could not take seriously. Performance in acting was a bit meh even with having an interesting cast of actors. And the ending was complete garbage compared to the 19 chapters in the book leading to the actual good conclusion.

Danny Torrance: We’re all dying. The world’s just one big hospice with fresh air.

Falling flat for these reasons and going too fast in comparison to the original, took away everything I loved about the experience in the book and the original The Shining movie. How anyone can rate this higher than 7/10 is beyond me as this has got to be one of the biggest disappointments for me coming out of 2019. I highly recommend consuming the book first and then avoiding this film like the plague. With a budget of $45 million, I could rewrite this script to be darker and grittier in how it was supposed to have been.


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