I love Stephen King and have spent my whole life watching movies based on his books. I hope that continues to be someone I can do for a long time. While a lot of the adaptations are mediocre or even terrible, some are excellent...this is not one of those but I still had to go just to see the sequel to The Shining.
I’m not even a huge fan of The Shining. I only saw the movie, never read the book and didn’t even rematch it for this movie. I do think Ewan MacGregor is a good actor (sometimes excellent in the right role) and had heard good things about the book this was based on.
The use the classic music right away and I was drawn in. It was a great idea to have this pick up just shortly after events in The Shining and then bring Danny to the present day. Danny does not do well for a long time (drugs and alcohol abuse, violence) and it once he gets better that the movie really gets going.
So the problem here is mainly pacing and length. There are some interesting and genuinely creepy characters here. The story is fine but even after the 1.5-hour mark (and it’s a 2.5-hour movie) it starts to drag.
I won’t continue to go through the plot, there were parts I really enjoyed and some good special effects (along with good acting especially a small role from Canadian Jacob Tremblay) but it just continues to drag.
Things do pick up finally towards the end for the big showdown. I enjoyed the ending and thinks it suits the story well. It’s neat I am in time to see It get remade (and improved on!) I hope the same is done for The Stand and The Dark Tower (never even saw that mess of a movie, I know it sucked). Maybe there will be more Steven King sequels? I do hope so. So I enjoyed this one, just not as much as I hoped I would. I give it 6.5 out of 10 and do recommend it to any fan of The Shining. Not an excessive amount of gore but still, no kids please, ages 18+.