There is something to be said about sequels. There are actually many things to say about sequels, many thought pieces, many essays, reviews, and arguments. Hollywood has been build on sequels for a long, long time now, one leg of the stool that supports the industry flanked by the institutions that are remakes and adaptations.
What is most curious, however, is our interest in returning to worlds created decades after their first inception. We’re talking Star Wars, we’re talking Terminator, we’re talking all these revisits to worlds that have become milestones in the history of cinema. We’re now talking Doctor Sleep, a curious sequel of both the Stanley Kubrick movie The Shining and the work of Stephen King. It’s a sequel that shouldn’t work, as it enters the battle between two completely different visions and interpretations. King notoriously didn’t care for 1980’s The Shining, especially having disdain for Jack Nicholson’s lack of transformation as Jack Torrance. How did Mike Flanagan manage to balance the essence of Kubrick’s iconic visual masterpiece with the essence and story of Stephen King’s writing and own revisit to his world?
It is, oddly, and still somehow tangentially related to King and the world of cinema…like The Wizard of Oz.Read More