Doctor Sleep (2019)


“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.”” – Danny Torrance

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Years after the events of The Shining, an adult Danny Torrence must learn to live with his gift and help a young girl with similar powers who is being tracked by an evil group who want to steal her powers.

My Take on it – This is a film that I actually avoided watching since I am not a fan of the story;s predecessor The Shining (1980).

I haven’t read that book or the book that this film is based on but the story is presented really well here because it is both a sequel to the events of that story and also works as a stand alone story.

There are two great main characters here and the story knows how to stay focused on them as they slowly form a bond that will help them work together against forces of evil that are trying to track them.

The movie does a great job during the first 2/3 of keeping things engaging and unique as they slowly introduce the viewer to these characters and their intriguing abilities.

The world that these characters live in is very similar to our own, yet the fantastical aspects added ere work really well throughout.

Stephen King knows how to create realistic characters and the fact that after so many years he is still churning out new stories and scenarios is quite amazing since they are all so unique and distinct from one another.

The problem with this film is the fact that the final act is too contingent on knowledge from the previous film and for those of us who aren’t fans, it’s possible to get a bit lost along the way.

Ewan McGregor is superb in the lead role and he does some great things with the character arc that he is given which helps make him stand out here the whole way through.

Watching this film has made me even more curious to check out the novel it’s based on.

Bottom Line – Such a great sequel that works as both a continuation and a stand alone. The story stays quite focused on the two main characters and explains things really well along the way. The first 2/3 of the film is extremely engaging and introduces the viewer to a fantastical world created from the mind of Stephen King which smoothly fits in with the world we live in. The last 1/3 of the film is too contingent on knowledge of the previous film and relies much too heavily on themes and events from that film and for non-fans it takes away from things a bit too much.  McGregor is great in the lead and is quite interesting to watch as this character because he has such a powerful arc.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actress Rebecca Ferguson revealed in a 2019 interview that, while horror in general is not one of her favorite movie genres, she is a huge fan of the novels by Stephen King: “I don’t see why we wouldn’t want to make films out of everything that he writes. It’s so adaptable. It’s so understandable. It’s so relatable and the imagery, it’s like you don’t really have to make scene images anymore, you just have the book.” She also added that although she doesn’t like violence directed at children, she happily made an exception for this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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