“You know, when you’re young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you’re living in someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up, and our hearts break in two.” – Ted
Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Feb 2002 and 8 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a mysterious man rents a room in his house, a young boy begins to feel a strong connection to the man and starts having strange abilities.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this during one of my movie theater triple features from back in my single days.
What will always be distinctive for me is the fact that I actually saw this one in a different theater than the other two due to show times.
I am always amazed at the way Stephen King knows how to write dialogue and scripts especially when dealing with young characters. He knows how to highlight and convey their innocence.
This movie transports us to the early 1960’s and the nostalgic feeling of innocence resonates even in the depiction of that time period.
The characters created in this story feel so familiar to us and we want to just spend more and more time with them. I wish that the movie would have been longer so we would have had that opportunity.
The cast is great and Anthony Hopkins especially shines here along with a very young Anton Yelchin.
Bottom Line – Another great King adaptation. The characters and situations are written so well that it gives off a very nostalgic feeling and you want to know and understand the characters more and more as you . Strong cast. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Scott Hicks said that one of the hardest things of all was to get Anton Yelchin to laugh in the scene where Ted imitates a fart (commentary at 14:55). Anton was raised in an atmosphere where laughing with an open mouth was impolite, so it was not natural for him to do so, even when, during Anton’s close-up of the shot, Anthony Hopkins barked like a dog. Anton was not enjoined from grinning, such as from 48:41 to 48:42 where, in an “off-camera” moment, the camera caught him grinning after Scott had said “cut” and the filmmakers liked the effect. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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Nice review, i remember seeing this and it hit me hard because of how much the ending was similar to something that was happening to me. one of the hidden gems from the master
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