Doctor Sleep (2019)
Title: Doctor Sleep
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror |
Runtime: 152 min
Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran
AN UNDERWHELMING SEQUEL THAT
TRIES TO RELIVE THE ORIGINAL
It’s hard to not want to detach myself from the story, conducted by Flanagan’s vision by making a disgrace of Stanley Kubrick masterpiece of a horror movie. That this movie, later on, should reconcile itself a legit sequel to the original, is something to be bothered about. So what made this version, compared to everything else, fail this immensely? To a degree that makes you want to be the one who wants to regret this? It wasn’t that bad. The problem with this movie was that it didn’t try to adapt one source for the story. It also tries to combine it together with Kubrick’s classic The Shining. A horror movie that by all means doesn’t desire this kind of film. It doesn’t require a sequel, most of the time.
This movie is about an older, middle-aged drunken Danny Torrance, that tries to take a stand from his past and make a living. He does that by moving to a new town and gets friend unnaturally quick. The same goes with work, room to live at and so on. And then there is a girl that tries to involve him in some web of mystery. A boy gets killed, and this thirteen-year-old girl does everything she can to involve Danny in this conspiracy.
This girl doesn’t need to be in the story. Danny doesn’t know her; he doesn’t know any of the children or people getting killed. He just happens to be there by chance. Therefore, there is not really an explanation behind how this girl, Abra Stone – played by Kyliegh Curran. Her performance doesn’t really match the tone of the movie that quickly transcends from horror to a supernatural thriller.
A creative decision that was made surely could be attached to the director’s own vision and orgasm-alike fantasy only to be visiting the sets similar to Kubrick’s horror from 1980. Stanley Kubrick version will never be like this one, it will never come close. Because this movie will never indeed surpass that original. It relies way too much on a movie that soon is 40 years old. A movie that most people considering a masterpiece or a classic horror movie.
Ewan McGregor did a good job to make an adult Danny Torrance come alive. Rebecca Ferguson tries her best to be an eerie and intimidating villain, but in the end, it appears pathetic in how she acts by the final acts and her final minutes. Her desperation becomes her fall. In terms of respecting the original, some actors who look fairly like Jack and Wendy Torrance is a part of the movie. It feels fake as hell and was an unnecessary part of the movie. The film runs over 150 minutes and you can feel that the runtime of the movie doesn’t exactly help the narrative. It doesn’t make the story progress forward in an effective way.
It has some callbacks moment in the beginning but loses its grip towards the half of the movie.