Doctor Sleep review: Sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep review: Sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep review, adapted by Mike Flanagan from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, is a sequel to the 1980 movie “The Shining” directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Doctor Sleep review – The series “The Haunting of Hill House” by Mike Flanagan, which I watched on Netflix last year, was one of the best horror thrillers I have watched in recent years … Not only does Flanagan keep the drama side of the work very solid, it makes even the audiences shivering with every trick in horror movies. he knew. It was really exciting when Flanagan announced that he would shoot “Doctor Sleep”, a sequel to the Stanley Kubrick classic “The Shining,” after such a job that I remembered … It was making “Doctor Sleep” one of the films I was most curious about of the year.
Undoubtedly, the higher your expectations from a movie, the more difficult it will be for you to like that movie … But it is difficult for me to explain my disappointment in “Doctor Sleep” only with the height of my expectations … “Doctor Sleep” was primarily a disappointment for me with its story … The movie opens in 1980, the year “The Shining” was filmed … A cute little girl meets Rose in the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her haunted friends by the lake …

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After the opening scene, which tells about the encounter between innocence and evil, the film proceeds more or less in the same manner … The whole movie is about the war between good and evil … On the evil front is Rose and her gang … They live by being hunted. They resemble vampires … They have to kill people to survive. They survive by inhaling the energy that comes out of the victims’ dying breath. In particular, it is vital for them to breathe the energy of children with high “sparkle” or to hide them in a wardrobe … I think this resemblance with vampires makes the story ordinary and distracts from originality … On the good side, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who comes across as a little kid with a “twinkle” in “The Shining” … Thanks to the weird trick he learned from Dick Hallorann (Carl Lumbly), who discovered his talent as a child and lost his life while trying to protect him with evil ghosts. he manages to cope, but frankly he is not good for himself; because he is a lonely and unhappy alcoholic … The first part of the movie ends with him starting a new life to get rid of addiction.

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Doctor Sleep review – Abra (Kyliegh Curran), who we know as a child and then a teenager, is the main star name on the good side … It also keeps its shine in adolescence. It is such a talent that, despite the distance between them, he can be aware of what Rose and his vanguard are doing. He also knows how to communicate with Dan Torrance when necessary … Abra, grows stronger as she grows … At some point, she does not mind challenging Rose. The story is based on the evils of Rose and the efforts of Abra and Dan Torrance to prevent her … We are watching a three-focussed movie that develops through Rose, Dan Torrance and Abra … Despite the distance between them, Abra’s Rose and Dan Torrance set up. there is a constant bond … Flanagan, as he did in “The Haunting of Hill House”, while developing the drama part of the work in a simple style, knows how to do what is necessary with special effects support in horror thriller scenes … But this time, it is very difficult to say that the drama part of the work is profound and worthwhile.
Of course the story is distracting, but there is no subtext and depth … The good is good, the bad is bad, and it’s all about the war between good and evil … In every way, we watch an extremely plain movie …
However, there are issues far beyond the war between good and evil in 1980’s “The Shining.” Conflicts and contradictions between mother, father and son are perfectly established … The sub-texts contain a richness open to different readings … The father’s increasing maddening hatred of his son and wife is elaborated. Kubrick transforms all the supernatural events in the film into metaphors with rich meanings.
The relationships between the mother, father and the family of five children in the TV series “The Haunting of Hill House”, written and directed by Flanagan, have also been developed, by loop. Family drama with the horror genre, they have a great date …
In “Doctor Sleep”, everything is based on three people who do not see each other for most of the film … The ties between them are perhaps worth attention, but the dramatic conflicts in the films require stronger and lasting bonds between people beyond being “interesting”. However, there are only two unrelated characters here collaborating against a villain …
Besides, the only reason we watched a more impressive and striking movie in the last episode is not that we returned to the Overlook Hotel and the original “The Shining” world. Dan Torrance’s father and his relations with the hotel suddenly make the movie jump because … There are other dramatic conflicts beyond the good and bad war. Returning to the Overlook Hotel, imagined by Stephen King and visualized by Stanley Kubrick, is also a nostalgic visit for us … Especially, meeting with those unforgettable images of Kubrick is really exciting … Empty corridors, doors behind it the uncanny dark, secluded bar, the twins, the labyrinth in the garden and the recurring past in the hotel… Even after 39 years, the Overlook Hotel remains a chilling place.

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Doctor Sleep review – In summary, with the introduction of the iconography of the movie “The Shining”, “Doctor Sleep” becomes a more beautiful and impressive film in the last part … Maybe we should praise Flanagan for establishing the world of the movie “The Shining” with passionate care, but it is unique. It is possible to criticize it for not bringing anything …
Kubrick’s “The Shining” is an interesting film for audiences who do not have metaphysical beliefs. It is very difficult to say the same thing for “Doctor Sleep”. Metaphysical events are not connected anywhere with sub-texts. So the only way to take the movie seriously is to find everything believable.
On the other hand, if a horror movie is strong and strong in terms of the world it builds and its “strategy to scare the audience”, then sub-texts do not matter much …
For example, “Satan” (The Exorcist) … It has misogynistic conservatives in terms of its sub-texts, but it is a horror movie that works well in terms of form …
Some spectators may think the same about “Doctor Sleep”. All in all, it’s a well shot movie … But for myself, I don’t think it’s a solid and striking horror movie, except for the last episode of “Doctor Sleep”.
In conclusion, I can only recommend it to those who like horror thrillers … We have been watching so cheap and bad movies in the horror thriller genre in recent years that I have to say that “Doctor Sleep” has made a difference to all of them with its acting, shooting and visual quality.
Doctor Sleep review – 5.5 / 10

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