Dolores Claiborne (1995)


“If you say you’re sorry one more time, I’ll kick your butt up so high, you’ll look like a hunchback.” – Dolores

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young reporter must return to her Maine hometown when her mother is accused of murdered a wealthy local woman who she worked for.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to see ever since I tore thru the book it was based on 24 years ago.

The good thing about waiting so long to finally see is the fact that I really didn’t remember much about the story and was able to be surprised by the twists and turns along the way.

The cast is superb with Bates and Plummer keeping us guessing about both present and past crimes the entire time.

I liked the way that they managed to balance the present day story with all of the flashbacks in order to help give us the full picture about everything that happened in both time periods because getting to the real meat of the parallel stories.

Plummer is great as the Detective trying to find closure for his sole unsolved case that has been haunting him for so long.

This story subtly touches upon the idea that memories aren’t always a clear as we would like them to be and how differing perspectives on the same thing can lead people to varying conclusions about what truly is happening.

Definitely a great adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

Bottom Line – Great mystery that tries to tell us two different stories at the same time yet manages to keep things balanced for us to follow along easily.  Amazing cast led by Bates and Plummer helps keep us guessing what really happened (and is happening) the whole way through.  Plummer stands out because of his character’s obsession with solving his lone unsolved case while pursuing a new one. Story does a great job of subtly touching upon the ideas that memories aren’t always as clear as we would like them to be and how different people with different perspectives on the same event might come to very different conclusions when wondering about the truth.  Great King adaptation!  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Author Stephen King wrote the character of Dolores with Kathy Bates in mind. Bates had impressed the author after meeting him on the set of Misery (1990). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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