I know I've enjoyed reading the original novel series by King so much, but this adaptation seems to be a huge miss because some things did not stayed true to all the series and/or was missing a lot from it (as well changed). I would have love to see Hollywood focus on adapting the entire series as based on each original volume more over than Arcel's undeveloped vision.
Usually I can find at least something that's compelling or interesting about a film - an idea, a shot or an interpretation - but this was all literal, all surface. It just didn't connect or engage on any personal level. A fantasy made without vision, without style, without imagination. The central characters are strong & well-played, but for the most part this felt like a joyless exercise in narrative necessity.
Not the worst movie I've seen but surely one of the most inept. It looks and sounds fine but the script is just all wrong and makes no sense. It just goes from scene to scene and the actors wander aimlessly around trying to survive this mess. It feels like a bad sci-fi B-movie from the 90's. It's staggering that this is what they made considering the source material. And the end fight is really bad...
Well, its not the worse King adaptation to come along by a long shot...if that sounds like faint praise it is. Tom Taylor gives the only performance of note here with the two leads looking lost in their under-written parts. This was an adaptation that spent years in development hell and perhaps should have just faded away instead.
Idris Elba gives a badass performance in this very solid action/adventure film and McCounaghey is fun as the cold blooded villain. I have to admit I don't know shit about the source material so I can't attest to how faithful it is and how good it is in that respect but what I can attest to is that it is entertaining and a fun time at the cinema that held my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Interesting actors can keep your attention only to a point with a lackluster screenplay resembling a SciFi channel B-movie more than a thought out adaptation of King's highly regarded series. I like how they tried to integrate the shining ability and the fish out of water humor but it was not nearly enough to maintain a consistent tone throughout. You can swear the actor start to look lost as it goes on!
Interesting casting choice of McConaughey as the Man in Black. A much harder role to do. And this MiB is very judgey. He questions other people's choices while he wreaks havoc. He tells the Mom that she's a bad mother. What a dick! Of course, it's a total mess, but that's a bit beside the point.