This is my third of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A crime novel writer changes places with his lead character after tragedy strikes in his real life
My Take on it – I love the way that King enjoys making his characters writers like himself because it allows him to explore many different aspects of a writer’s life and also explore the many kinds of reasons writers have for doing what they do.
We get to really understand the relationship between a writer and his characters in this movie which gives us great insight into the minds of both a writer and the creations of his own imagination.
Willam H. Macy is superb in this movie and was even able to get an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a movie despite this being only one part of an 8 part series. This is a pretty big feat.
This movie explores the ideas of how a character is a part of the author with unique abilities that he usually isn’t able to consciously manifest in the real world.
This touches on both the ideas of escapism within one’s mind and also multiple personalities.
It gets better and better as it goes on.
My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. I think with a longer format this story could have explored even deeper the concepts touched upon throughout.
Bottom Line – Very clever and intriguing story that probably should have been longer, but still works extremely well as is. Macy is superb in multiple roles. Really delves into the idea of multiple personalities and escapism and gets even more and more interesting as it goes. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Macy was nominated for an Emmy for his performance (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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