November 08, 2019

Doctor Sleep is in theaters on November 8th, 2019.

40 years after Stanley Kubrick’s original adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, we’re returning to the Overlook Hotel again. Doctor Sleep, King’s 2013 sequel to his horror classic, has been adapted into a feature film by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game), which has the impossible task of following up Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece.

It definitely felt more Stephen King than Kubrick, though it pretty much has it's hands tied since it has to go back to the Overlook and you can't just not use Kubrick's Overlook. At times I felt some of the recasting of iconic roles felt a little unnecessary. It was weird to see someone other than Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall or Scatman Crothers in these role. But I have to say the bar scene did have a lot of the emotional gravitas of the movie. Probably too much old naked lady than is needed, gets a bit funny by the end, but in a way I guess that's the point.

For me the highlight was Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat. Just a straight up evil hippy fashioning herself as this weird free spirit. A lot of comparisons to Pennywise, in how she's a villain who preys on scared children. Generally I preferred Doctor Sleep a lot more than the last It movie.

Most importantly, I don’t think this movie tries to be The Shining. Flanagan isn’t stupid, he knows that would be a mistake. He uses some visual cues (and has to reenact some moments/ settings) but this is more a book adaptation than a sequel. It’s got a very different tone. And I urge you to see it in the cinema! It’s good fun.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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