Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
So when I first saw the trailer for Doctor Sleep, it actually looked pretty good! And I liked that it felt different than The Shining. Now, I haven’t read either book, so not sure how either one measure up to that!
But what I loved about Doctor Sleep was that it was very character driven, and we got to see Danny of the past, Danny during hardships, and Danny prevailing. I also loved the character of Abra—she did such a wonderful job.
The whole steam sucking scenes were pretty good too, especially when the villainous group did it together. It was sort of zombie-like, but more of drinking their essence or whatever! And I will say, when we got to the hotel scenes, I was like, heck yes!
Now, my one pet peeve was for the flashback scenes because even though I liked them, it was still weird having different actors playing the original cast! I mean, Shelley Duvall, for example, has such a distinct and cool face so it was odd! Minus that distraction, I loved the film! Oh, and there was some pretty emotional scenes!
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Let me first say that I wasn’t the hugest fan in the world of the first IT. I thought the CGI was super odd and distracting, and I was more interested in the group dynamic of the kids which I loved, loved, loved!
Now, on to chapter 2! I really, really, liked this one. Like, the first movie, the group dynamic—this time the adults—was just as stellar. I mainly went into this movie thinking I’d love James McAvoy the best, because he’s my fave, but I actually thought Bill Hadar’s character shined here! James Rasnone, who plays Eddie, was also awesome! However, I was super disappointed in Jessica Chastain’s character as Beverly, because Sophia Lillis had done such a phenomenal job with the character in the first movie. But for some reason, Jessica always comes off as stiff to me!
If you liked Bill Skarsgård in IT, then you’ll love him here. He pulls off the clown rather well, and I always get a thrill when I see him on the screen versus some of the strange CGI for the other fears. I’m actually confused why the CGI looks so weird when there is such a good budget for these films.
Anyway, I did shed some tears in this one and the ending was utterly perfect! There’s blood and gore and friendship bonds! My faves!
A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
Since everyone and their mom loved this movie, I was like well, I guess I’ll watch it. I can’t remember the original TV film clearly except for Tim Curry’s character, and the bathroom scene with the girl from Ginger Snaps.
Let me just say I was… not super impressed. Some of the CGI was pretty annoying. I also get that this group of characters were kids, but some of them made some super moronic moves that as a kid, I would have never made. Going into rooms alone, leaving the group behind because you think you can do it… get real. I would have stayed hugging onto my friend’s shirt and taking care of business together!
My favorite aspects of the film wasn’t even the horror scenes, it was the group bond with the kids known as “The Losers.” I thought there were a lot of hilarious scenes with them. Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie, was the best! I also really liked Sophia Lillis, and she played Bevery well—the bathroom scene was awesome!
I feel like Bill Skarsgard did a better job at luring the kid at the drain by appearing more child friendly than Curry’s clown I would have liked to see more of his acting skills, since most of the time he just pops out, but he did do a good job.
I am anxious to see the second chapter to see what happens next, but it won’t be out until 2019! I haven’t read the book, either! I just haven’t been impressed by a lot of movies in general lately, but I do recommend this one!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school. I chose to do Top Ten Books I read when I was in school. Most of these I read in junior high or elementary, so I am going way back.
Yes I did have pretty much every single Goosebumps book ever made at that time!
The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)