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When I saw they were going to make a movie out of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, I decided it was about time I gave the source material a read. I read The Shining over the course of two days and while I enjoyed the novel, I highly prefer the movie. King’s writing style lends itself to some great character insights, but his descriptive style sometimes can run on for many pages too long. As many have noted in the past, the novel and film arrive at a similar result, but have some major changes between the two in the final act.
I next started on Doctor Sleep. At 500 pages, the task didn’t seem too daunting to knock this one out in a couple of days, but it took me nearly a month to read the whole thing. I read the first 300 pages in no time, but then I petered out and would come back to it in spurts, finally finishing it in an airport in Minneapolis on my way back from a work trip. There was a lot to like about Doctor Sleep. It had a cool new foe, that was utterly fascinating and explored more of the supernatural element at that were introduced in The Shining. Unfortunately, King’s descriptive style was on high gear throughout, which made the read cumbersome at times. There were details upon details that would take up near chapters. At points I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to put it down. I left the experience satisfied, but didn’t feel the sequel captured the terror of The Shining. I’ve decided that Stephen King, while an undeniably great writer, has a style that I’m just not fond of.
I was still quite excited to watch Doctor Sleep and finally got around to it last night. My wife had never seen The Shining - I know, that’s just crazy - so of course we had to pos that in first. My wife was sure glad we did, as she would have been completely lost throughout Doctor Sleep. I found the movie to be much more satisfying than the book. It touched upon all the high points of the book, while removing some of the needless elements and redundant characters. I also enjoyed the final act of the movie much more than the book. The final act of the movie really brought the two movies together and brought s nice level of terror that was reminiscent of the original. I’m excited to watch the Director’s Cut on this one, although I wish it had been provided via seamless branching in 4k, but I guess the Blu-ray will have t do.
From and A/V standpoint, there isn’t much else to say that Ralph hasn’t covered. I enjoyed the picture, but the real showstopper was the Atmos track. Holy bass! I enjoyed the application of object placement throughout, with many sounds appearing all over the room. This one was an absolute treat and the bass hit hard! Thanks for providing another great review, Ralph!
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