I don’t remember how old I was when I picked this book up, all I remember is that I couldn’t finish it. I got to the point when she starts seeing things moving in the shadows and was honestly just bored. I looked at how much was left to read and decided to spend my time doing something else. Probably playing Nintendo, watching Ninja Turtles, or masturbating.
When I saw Netflix was making a movie version, I didn’t expect to actually watch it. However, as some of you may know, I recently got a huge amount of backlash on the IT post I made, so I figured I should give another King movie a chance. Besides, it’s basically free.
I am happy to announce that I liked the movie!
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I should have known the movie was going to be good as it is directed by Mike Flanagan, the guy that gave us Oculus, Hush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil – 3 spectacular movies. Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood both do a very solid job in their roles, though at times felt stunted. I didn’t really buy that they were married for much of it. I know that they are having issues and have a disconnect, but often I didn’t get the sense that they were ever married. This doesn’t really take away from the film though.
In the book, there was a whole lot of Jess talking to herself and remembering various things. The movie does an amazing job at this by creating hallucinations of both her husband, and the stronger side of herself. Listening to their conversations truly gave me an idea of what was going on in her head.
I thought the description of the dog eating Gerald in the book was pretty good. King’s descriptions of the smacking sounds worked well, but it works equally well in the movie. So gross. Then Jess sees Death himself in the corner of the room and he approaches her and shows her his box of jewelry. She can’t tell if he is real or a dream, and that becomes a running tribulation. Jess’ struggle to get a glass of water off a shelf is so benign, yet mesmerizing.
In the end, when she decides she must escape her bonds right away, she breaks the glass, cuts open her wrist and up her palm, then pulls her mutilated hand from the handcuff. This moment is done so well. It is the grossest moment I have seen in a movie in a long time. Intensely realistic.
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