Review: Doctor Sleep

Connor Adamson

Connor is an attorney residing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a JD from Villanova Law. He enjoys fancy foreign art films, Marvel films, and everything in between. Horror is his favorite genre though, if his Stephen King Book to Screen series is any indication.

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2 Responses

  1. Haley L says:

    I was really surprised by this movie! I watched The Shining for the first time today right before seeing Doctor Sleep, and I assumed that it would inevitably hurt my opinion of Doctor Sleep going in. I was surprised that for the most part it actually enhanced it–yes, some scenes being repeated were unnecessary or failed to capture the original’s atmosphere, but a lot of them did a great job of reflecting on the original film without feeling like they were just remaking The Shining. And I especially admired that this film wasn’t afraid to have a very different tone to Kubrick’s film, a lot of the time it felt more like a dark fantasy adventure film than horror. And the way it fleshes out the themes of alcoholism and abuse from the original film is really admirable–the scene of Danny refusing a drink at a bar (you know the one) was particularly striking.

    Of the two, The Shining is definitely the stronger film, but in an era of remakes and sequels and huge franchises, this movie felt pretty fresh while also being a sequel to a well-known film. That’s a huge accomplishment.

    • Connor says:

      Happy to see you liked it so well! I actually liked it even more than The Shining, though it’s a film I haven’t historically cared for.