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On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

Also Known As: Álom doktor, Doktor Sleep, Doktor Spánek Czech, Doutor Sono, Doctor Sleep, Doktor Sen, Δόκτωρ Ύπνος, Doktor Spánok, Tohtori Uni, Доктор Сон, Doctor Sleep: Ky Uc Kinh Hoang, Doctor Sueño, On min yi sang, An mian yi sheng, Доктор Сън

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  • fru-merethe-henriksen
    fru merethe henriksen

    Little over three decades after penning the eerie “The Shining”, Stephen King decided to write a sequel that follows Danny (now going by Dan) Torrance dealing with the trauma he once endured at the infamous Overlook. Now director Mike Flanagan set his directorial acumen on adapting this work two years after his success with “Gerald’s Game” for Netflix. Thankfully the director didn’t falter in bringing this King book to the big screen.The basic plot follows the tormented Dan as he is once again forced to confront danger when a murderous cult seeks a strongly gifted teenager. It’s a race against time and a battle of wills as Dan must accept his gift once more in order to protect young Abra Stone and confront his demons.The casting in this King story is one of the greatest strengths as we get the talents of A-listers Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran. First to focus on our Dan Torrance is the great Ewan McGregor who successfully flits between a traumatized, but still incredibly ‘Shining’ strong man. When we first meet Dan (post flashbacks) is a disheveled and hungover man that we could mistake for his late father, Jack. Dan abuses the drink just as his father had done previously, but in Dan’s case it is to suppress his Shine and the trauma he endured at the age of five. He even thinks of stealing money, but his conscience gets the better of him in the form of his old ally, Dick Halloran. This lost soul wanders round the continental U.S. in order to keep beginning his life anew, but when he settle in New Hampshire, we soon get to see Ewan McGregor transform into a more confident man as we watch him become the titular ‘Doctor Sleep’ by helping patients in a hospice center. However it is his chemistry with Kyliegh Curran’s Abra that makes the heart of the film as McGregor must communicate through writing on a chalkboard and eventually acting as a mentor to young Curran’s Abra. He becomes the new Halloran to her Danny, but she is far more confident in their ability compared to Dan’s current state. However watching McGregor grow into a fearless hero as the climax approaches is a cathartic journey especially as we watch him confront the trauma he once suffered and is able to redeem himself and protect the world he once shunned. Newcomer Kyliegh Curran brings an earthliness to the potential victim of the evil True Knot. Abra Stone looks like an average teenager just like meeting little Danny in “The Shining”, but she is even more powerful in the Shine compared to Dan at the start of the film. She is essentially reckless as a little girl with her power (at the age of five), but when Abra meets Dan and is warned about her powers though is told to stop using the Shine by Dan. However it is due to her ignoring his advice that actually helps her potential mentor open up to using his Shine again and how Dan and Abra are able to battle the True Knot. Abra does suffer terribly in one horrific scene, but throughout the narrative she remains strong and refuses to give in to the fear that the True Knot thrives on. She is afraid like a teenager can be, but Abra doe not let this fear rule her and stands besides Dan unafraid of their adversary. Finally as the villainess of the piece we have the beautiful Rebecca Ferguson as the wicked Rose the Hat. For a character whose past is virtually unknown to the viewer, Ferguson plays Rose like an ancient evil who has been around for at least half of a century (due to some hints dropped in her dialogue). Rose leads the evil cult, the True Knot, who seek to steal the Shine from young children in order to maintain their life-force. However even though all the members to get have their share of the ‘steam’, Rose is always the first asserting her alpha female status and keeps the leftover canisters in her trailer to heighten her own selfish nature. Ferguson deftly toes the line of presenting a friendly-ish demeanor (as demonstrated in the opening scene) but quickly turning into a violent and vicious killer without any remorse for killing innocents. The role of Rose being one of the most powerful Shiners demands quite the physical prowess of an actress as she is thrown about psychologically and psychically affected when her members are attacked. Given that Rebecca Ferguson has been part of the “Mission Impossible” franchise since 2015, the English actress has the action movie skills that can meet the demand but Ferguson goes even deeper here. She is thin and flexible as she must react to psychological attacks and pantomime being held in place by her powerful adversary, Abra. She and Abra are almost a Holmes-Moriarty in their battle of wits as they work furiously to wear down the other until one gives up, but neither woman is willing to back down.With only one writer in the director, we get a helpful streamlined narrative. Flanagan devotes fair amounts of screen-time to his three leads in order to establish them, but the first act focuses on Dan and his journey to normalcy before the second act introduces him to Abra. We only see him and the True Knot for the first half, but we do get to meet Abra as a little girl when her Shine first surfaces, but she becomes a key player once she hits thirteen and the cult seeks her essence. This is actually for the benefit of the narrative so we can follow Dan first as he establishes his normal life and his friendship with the unseen Abra, keeping him the main focus before it becomes about him, Abra and their battle against the True Knot. Flanagan stays pretty faithful to the novel like he did with “Gerald’s Game”, but does change up moments during the story especially the ending which actually gives closure to Dan and has a cheeky implication if you’ve seen “The Shining”.The cinematography and music in the film are also well crafted. The music by the Newton Brothers is quite minimalist similar to Ennio Morricone’s score for “The Thing” in particular, using a heartbeat prominently in the majority of scenes. There is even use of the classic low brass theme from “The Shining” as we reach the climax and the cinematography echoes how Stanley Kubrick filmed the opening to his film. The landscapes are beautifully crafted due to its mainly rural locations in New Hampshire, Iowa and the finale in Colorado and the color contrasts are all unique to their location. We get mostly blue-gray as we follow Dan, green and pink with Abra’s room and dying yellow with the True Knot during the daytime and we get darkness at night since the group is evil; Rose’s wardrobe even reflects their nighttime evil as Rebecca Ferguson wears mostly gray, tan and her black hat and even a red skirt mixed with some white in one scene. Even the visual effects are decent due to how practical they look particularly in the eerie blue-white glow in the eyes of the True Knot when they perform their wicked ritual. However one thing I wish the visual effects team had done was use digital imposition for the climax when we see Dan confront his childhood trauma; I won’t spoil too much of what I’m referring to, but when you see it I think you’ll know what I mean.In summary, this is a worthy sequel to one of Stephen King’s classic works. It is not perfect of course, but I found it more engaging than the cinematic adaptation of “The Shining”.

  • oldrich-cerny
    oldrich cerny

    With the popularity of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel The Shining came a followup known as Doctor Sleep. Recently, modern horror movie director Mike Flanagan has come out with his own feature film adaptation on said book (or at least in early screenings as of now), although it seems to follow up on the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining more so than the book. All of that being said though, this actually benefits the feature as a solid continuation of the beloved classic.Set years after the first film, Dan Torrance tries to find peace within himself and his psychic “shine” powers That chance is ruined however when another special girl named Abra seeks him out to stop the merciless Rose the Hat and her True Knot clan, who obtain immortality by sucking the shine out of others. As a result, Dan and Abra engage in a bizarre battle with Rose with their powers, even if it means Dan has to reawaken some old ghouls of the past. The two best characters in the whole film are Dan and Abra, mainly because Dan is trying to live in spite of his “gift” yet has to come to terms with the severe consequences from having it, and Abra is a brave child who refuses to see the innocent taken away at the hands of evil. Ewan McGregor and Kyliegh Curran have wonderful chemistry with each other, seeing as how their characters are constantly communicating with each other on how to take the villains down.In terms of how the film emulates the Kubrick film in both continuation and in style, it does make several referential callbacks yet only sparingly and manages to tell a solid story about good triumphing over the wicked. As Dan develops his way through past tragedies and alcoholism, it gives his character more of an edge that comes from the scars his father and other disturbing beings left on him. The cinematography and shot composition is the most imitative of Kubrick’s visual language, although the digital cinematography can’t help but make the film lack that special glow that made Kubrick’s movie so creepy (the dark shades and colors are effective enough though). The music score is quite haunting in its own right whenever a certain scene plays out, yet there may be a few too many jump scare key notes that it makes the loud shocking moments feel almost ridiculous.As for other notable characters, Rose herself could have been just another cliched malicious soul eater bent on consuming all of mankind, but her stoic presence and the conniving performance by Rebecca Ferguson make her subtly menacing and chilling. The same can be said for most of her group, as they’re either blood thirsty psychopaths without much control or manipulative monsters who are great at tricking others into falling in their trap. A few key characters from The Shining do appear in small yet effective roles that help give proper context into Dan’s frightening childhood and disturbed adulthood; their scenes are brief but convey so much within his psyche. Anyone else are either poor victims of the True Knot clan’s tricks or minor leads that are only effective depending on what happens in the story, yet the film’s lead duo are so engaging that one could forgive their appearances for being so abrupt.Doctor Sleep is a strong example of turning the horrific concepts of Stephen King’s literature into moving pictures and getting it right thanks to two intriguing leads, haunting atmosphere and a good blend of the familiar with something more recent. Granted, the film may appeal more to fans of The Shining in both book and movie form, as you may feel confused going into this blind. Regardless, check this out on Halloween and see if you think it lives up to the hype.

  • ashot-vardapetyan
    ashot vardapetyan

    The movie was well acted and perfectly shot, but it isn’t even close to be as scary of as great as the shining is. But it is still a nice ride with some Good ideas. If you liked the shining I would recomand checking this one out and of you didn’t like the shining you shoud skip this one.

  • olga-toledo-cuevas
    olga toledo cuevas

    Three quarters into the movie I’m thinking, “this is turning into my favorite movie”, but then the ending happened. Stephen King’s ending, though they would have needed to tweak it a bit, would have been ten times better. If you haven’t read the book, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about so go read the book.Overall, I did enjoy the movie and a majority of the changes made to connect with Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” movie adaptation, but it lacked heart towards the end and I left feeling robbed of a book ending worth seeing on the big screen.

  • anneli-silm
    anneli silm

    As a fan of both the movie and the book of The Shining, I couldn’t have been more excited to see this film. And my excitement was more than justified. Doctor Sleep blends between both the Stanley Kubrick film and the original novel in such an amazing way that I just can’t stop being excited about. It provides nostalgia, countless Easter eggs, on point casting for every character, and most importantly the terror and suspense which define the very multiverse The Shining was built into. Ewan McGregor provides an incredible portrayal of Danny Torrance grown-up, through all the struggles that come with post-Overlook life. Rebecca Ferguson’s amazing performance as the erratic Rose the Hat makes you cringe, and on edge every time she is on screen. The biggest surprise though was, relatively new actress, Kyliegh Curran who absolutely kills it as Abra Stone. Her confidence on screen just radiates and provides not only a compelling character, but one that is able to match both Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson. I plan on rewatching this film multiple times after it’s release and you should as well.

  • michelle-williamson
    michelle williamson

    First of all, Stanley Kubrick didn’t write the original, which was the Novel, Stephen King did. And contrary to popular belief/opinion, Kubrick’s The Shining film is absolutely terrible compared King’s The Shining Novel. The Shining belongs to Stephen King, not Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick’s 1980 film is not scary at all, has aged terribly, the acting in that movie is some of the worst I’ve ever seen, it’s an absolutely horrible adaptation of King’s Novel, and I can see why it was Nominated for “Worst Director” and “Worst Actress” at the Golden Raspberry Awards aka the Razzies in 1980 and why Stephen King hated it. The only good thing about it is that it is shot/filmed very very well technically, beautifully even, aesthetics wise. That’s it though. Rest in peace to Stanley Kubrick, he was a great and very influential Director overall but his The Shining film really is one of the most overrated films of all time and is nowhere close to being as good as other Stephen King film adaptation like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, Misery, and now Doctor Sleep and most of his fans are as obnoxious as it gets and if this film gets a low/lower rating, it’s overly obsessed Kubrick fans, I’d bet money on it.Now onto Doctor Sleep. It is a great film. It’s a great sequel to King’s The Shining Novel and Kubrick’s The Shining film while still being a good film adaptation of King’s Doctor Sleep Novel. The acting is superb. Mike Flanagan is a damn great Director. Ewan McGregor delivers a great performance (as usual) as Dan Torrance. Kyliegh Curran gives a great performance as Abra Stone as well. That being said though, Rebecca Ferguson absolutely steals the show as Rose the Hat. Every single time she is on screen, she absolutely owns it and is, without a doubt, one of the very best villains in the Stephen King Universe..probably slightly behind IT/Pennywise, Randall Flagg, The Crimson King and Kurt Barlow but that’s absolutely it though. She’s definitely makes the top 5 of Stephen King villains. The character in the book was great but Rebecca Ferguson really gives an absolutely amazing, cool, creepy, scary, and really great performance as Rose the Hat. Very very evil. The cinematography in this film is brilliant. The writing/dialogue is great. The character development is great. The screenplay is excellent. Even the actors who played minor characters and such did a great job. This movie is the best Stephen King adaptation since either The Green Mile or The Shawshank Redemption. It’s a great film in general as well. All of that said though, it’s not perfect, but it’ll still get a perfect score for me. 10/10.

  • liga-celmins
    liga celmins

    If you go into this film expecting it to be anything like Stanley Kubrick’s 1980s masterpiece of horror, you will leave disappointed. Let’s just start there.Little Danny Torrence is now a grown man, and still haunted by the things that happened to him at the Overlook Hotel when he was a kid (understandably). Most days he drinks his hours away to silence the voices in his head. On a whim he travels to a new town and wile there, gets his life together, and meets a young girl Abra, who ‘Shines’ just like he does. Against his will he ends up protecting her from a group of powerful psychics, lead by Rose the Hat, who hunt young children with psychic powers in order to feed on them to make themselves live forever. In order to keep Abra safe Danny is forced to return to the overlook hotel and face his ghosts, in ore ways than one.Generally, this isn’t a BAD film. It’s entertaining enough. The problem is, it’s following one of the most iconic horror movies ever made and it hard to forget that. There are a few great nods to the original, using both cinematography and sets and props to jog the memory of anyone who ever saw the original movie, so that’s fun. But the plot is a little slow for me and lacked punch.Sadly most of this film was just…meh. It lacked the nail biting atmosphere that ‘The Shining’ had in spades. It lacked a lot of fear of any kind really. The recurring visuals (The naked Lady in the Bathtub for example) that were meant to be scary, by the end just induced eye rolls form me and while the acts of Rebecca Ferguson and her group of cannibalistic psychics were horrific, they weren’t really scary. After the amazing experience of watching ‘The Shining’ last week in the theatre, watching ‘Doctor Sleep’ was just disappointing. I expected more.You do wait the whole film to see Danny return to the Overlook, and then when we finally get there, its anti-climactic and not really worth waiting for. Everything they do there to try and scare you has already bee done, you aren’t shocked by anything you see. You can tell the director was trying to incorporate things from the first film, but his just comes off as a cheap imitation.But hey, don’t take my word for it. Go see for yourself and leave a comment below.

  • henry-nieminen
    henry nieminen

    As a person who has not read either the shining or doctor sleep I’ll admit that my review might not be the best but, as a person who has seen the shining and just now (literally tonight) seen doctor sleep I have to say it’s pretty good. Not a perfect sequel in my opinion but, it was a good watch and pretty entertaining in most places. However, at 2 hrs and 30 min I did feel the run time get to me. Overall, it was good. Oh and for those who are not familiar with the shining or any of the source material this is not your typical horror movie (legit not scary at all).

  • monika-hnat
    monika hnat

    If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog :)There’s this misconceived idea that “scary movies” are the ones with demons, monsters, or ghosts literally showing up in jump scare sequences, one after another, accompanied by an extremely loud sound. Granted, we’re scared of what we’re scared of. No debate here. However, one common complaint about this type of horror films is that they aren’t “scary enough”. I couldn’t disagree more. These movies are the ones that truly get to us and stay with us for a while. If we watch a film with cyclical jump scares, we’re going to forget about it as soon as we leave the theater. Movies with a horrific story, based on relatable themes, those are the ones that leave us uncomfortable and disturbed. I’m just writing this “prologue” to say that you shouldn’t go in expecting a “scary” film. At least, not in a mainstream way. Moving on…As you probably know by now (if you don’t, check out my The Shining’s review), I’m a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It’s a cult classic horror movie, one that influenced generations to come, especially regarding filmmaking techniques and equipment. With that said, Mike Flanagan had one of the toughest jobs of 2019. Not only did he need to deliver a sequel worthy of being associated with a beloved classic, but he had to deal with all the differences between the source material and Kubrick’s changes. I’m going to leave a SPOILER WARNING for The Shining since the film came out 40 years ago, and I already wrote a review about it. Still, SPOILER-FREE for Doctor Sleep, don’t worry.In case you don’t know, the major difference between King’s book and Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation is the ending. In the book, Jack Torrance forgets to relieve the hotel boiler’s pressure, and it explodes, destroying the hotel and killing Jack in the process. In Kubrick’s movie, Jack freezes to death in the maze outside the hotel while chasing his son, while the hotel stands tall. Flanagan is able to do the impossible: he perfectly continues the story left by Kubrick while respecting King’s “demands”. Just don’t go with a “purist” mentality, thinking that Flanagan doesn’t have the right to explore and expand “the shining”. It’s a sequel, so expect things to be added to the story (nothing is removed or retconned, so relax). As long as it makes sense, be always open to new ideas.As the director, Flanagan proves once again he’s a pretty talented guy by seamlessly recreating some of The Shining’s most iconic scenes, but also by delivering some tricks of his own. With the help of his amazing cinematographer, Michael Fimognari, they are able to generate incredible levels of tension, characteristic of the original film. As the editor, he puts together everything remarkably well. The sequences inside someone’s mind are wonderfully handled and provide some of the best moments of the entire movie. However, there’s a massive difference when it comes to how the runtime flows in each film.Both cross the 140-minute mark, and both purposefully employ slow pacing. Nevertheless, The Shining feels like it goes by way faster than Doctor Sleep (and mathematically it does have less 5-10 minutes, but that’s not the point). Why? Due to Kubrick’s movie constantly having long takes and extense dialogues, while Flanagan’s installment has a modern approach with regular cuts plus much more action. Audiences presumably won’t think of this (it’s not like the “average Joe” notices or even cares if a scene has been going for 5 minutes straight or pieced together with 50 cuts), and just assume that the latter is more boring than the first without really understanding why.People will probably blindly blame the story, but Doctor Sleep has a lot more “blockbuster entertainment” than The Shining. The latter is pretty much two hours spent inside a hotel where dialogue is the primary source of entertainment (things only go crazy in the last 15-20 minutes), and we all know that the general public usually doesn’t fall for that. The sequel has a lot more action, subplots, and characters, so the runtime should go by faster than the original, right? No. This film is the number one proof that I’m going to use from now on to defend that uncut dialogue sequences and overall long takes are the best way of managing an extended runtime without it feeling too “heavy”, especially in a psychological horror flick.I wrote all these last paragraphs not to complain about the movie’s being too slow, too long, or too dull. I’m just trying to help everyone understand why the film might feel slower and (much) longer, while protecting its story because the screenplay is indeed extremely well-written. Like in the original, exposition is handled beautifully with scarce lazy displays, but it’s the characters of Ewan McGregor and the debutant Kyliegh Curran that carry the narrative effortlessly. McGregor is the perfect casting as Danny Torrance, and he does a great job of embodying Dan’s personality. However, it’s Danny’s journey through his young and adult years that impresses me.Exceptional character development! Danny’s life after the events at the Overlook Hotel is as realistic and logical as it could be. Flanagan does a phenomenal job in handling this character and throwing just the right obstacles in his path. The way he deals with the aftermath of The Shining, how he grows up as a man, and even what he ends up doing for a living, everything is absolutely perfect. Furthermore, he’s not alone. Abra is a badass young girl who wants to use her “shine” to protect others, but this time it’s the actress that steals the spotlight from the character. Kyliegh Curran delivers one of the best young acting debuts I’ve ever witnessed. She’s wonderful as Abra, and her range of emotions is already surprisingly vast.She has some of the best scenes of the movie, especially when she’s “fighting” Rose the Hat, but here is where we get to my major issue with the film. Rebecca Ferguson gives an outstanding performance, no doubt about it. She elevates infinite sequences, giving 200% to her role. However, her character and The True Knot group are the only significant flaw of this sequel. When writing a villain, there are basically two paths for success: either make the “bad guy” a compelling character with whom the audience can create some sort of empathy with and understand where he/she comes from, or turn him/her into a menacing, powerful, scary force that makes us fear for our heroes.Flanagan apparently chooses the latter route, and unfortunately, it’s his only misstep. I don’t know if King didn’t allow for changes to Rose or The True Knot cult, but they don’t quite work when adapting to the big screen. Not only their history is never truly explored, but their motivations are too shallow, so I didn’t care for a single character from the group, not even Rose. If she was the “menacing, powerful, scary force” that I wrote above, this wouldn’t be so important, but the truth is she isn’t. As the narrative progresses, there’s a constant reminder that our heroes are in danger and that Rose is astonishingly strong, but the interactions between her and Abra prove the contrary. So, I never really felt frightened or overwhelmed by her.A decent portion of runtime is handed to Rose’s group, but its development didn’t work for me at all. They’re not bad villains, and they’re still more fleshed out that a lot of characters in horror movies. I just think something’s missing. Nevertheless, that’s the only major problem I have with the movie. For true fans of The Shining, the countless references and Easter Eggs are such a delight (there’s good and bad fan-service, the one present in this sequel only appears after we are already invested in the story and its characters, demonstrating once more Flanagan’s talent). From the haunting and addictive score that The Newton Brothers are able to seamlessly adapt to the sequel to the influential Kubrick’s framing, Flanagan and his team produce something pretty extraordinary having in mind this is a sequel to one of the most beloved horror films of all-time.In the end, Doctor Sleep might be the first sequel/remake/reboot/whatever to a cult classic movie that doesn’t diminish the original, disgracefully copies it or takes something away from it, while actually being an individually great film with a captivating narrative and compelling leads, plus the right amount of homages to the classic. Mike Flanagan took the impossible task of balancing both Stephen King’s The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation, and successfully nailed pretty much everything regarding the connection between the main stories. In addition to the slow pacing not working as well as in the original, The True Knot group is the big stumble in an otherwise pretty consistent screenplay. However, the phenomenal cast (with a terrific debut performance from Kyliegh Curran) elevate every scene, ultimately driving the sequel to a nostalgia-full ending that will turn out to be divisive among fans. I stand on the good side. Therefore, I genuinely appreciate this movie. If you’re a fan of the original, you can’t miss this one!

  • horvathne-dr-hegedus-agnes
    horvathne dr hegedus agnes

    Having previously adapted the source material of Stephen King, with the chilling ‘Gerald’s Game’, Mike Flanagan had the impossible task of following up Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of ‘the Shining’. Almost 40 years later, Flanagan succeeded in seamlessly picking up directly where Kubrick left off; a team effort from the direction, performances of the cast, the score and cinematography. The ensemble of Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Alyn Lynd, Dick Hallorann, Cliff Curtis, Bruce Greenwood and Alex Essoe worked together tremendously to deliver powerhouse performances with many humorous moments. It would be unfair not to highlight Kyliegh Curran, for her standout portrayal of Abe’s Stone; this generations Danny Torrance. While Kubrick’s original infamously came across as misogynistic, Flanagan does a complete 360, with many strong female characters present in this film. As with ‘the Shining’, there is a lot of King’s symbolism of the impact of alcoholism and recovery. ‘Doctor Sleep’ is an exciting and fast paced thriller, with plenty of scares, thrills and moments of laughter. While not as slow and dreary as ‘the Shining’, it still holds up to the original and will be sure to remain a classic of the horror genre and fans of Stephen King.

  • nazidil-mukrume-sensoy-akcay
    nazidil mukrume sensoy akcay

    This movie is easily the best horror movie I’ve ever seen in theaters. I think it is better then the book! The villains are so flushed out and you understand why they do what they do. I will be seeing this again on nov 7th

  • kristina-jurisson
    kristina jurisson

    Mike Flanigan truly gets it. Even with this film being a mix of an adaptation and sequel to the Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and The Shining Novels as well as a sequel to Kubrick’s “The Shining” 1980 film, it’s still a better film adaptation of Stephen King’s book “Doctor Sleep” than Kubrick’s “The Shining” is to Stephen King’s The Shining Novel (which I find better than Kubrick’s film in pretty much every way), and rather easily as well. I find Kubrick’s The Shining to be one of the most overrated films of all time and a terrible adaptation to the book, not very scary at all, and very worthy of it’s Razzle Nominations in 1980. This has been a year full of decent to good Stephen King movie adaptations but Doctor Sleep is the best one of the year, without a doubt. Doctor Sleep is actually one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made and the best since The Green Mile in 1999..20 years ago. The Shawshank Redemption still being the best though, in my opinion. Doctor Sleep is a great film. Definitely worth a watch or two in the cinemas.

  • jessica-gregory
    jessica gregory

    Spoilers ahead. A little slow at the beginning in the same style as the original movie. Once it gets going though it was great. Loved the villains. Definitely made me hate them. Loved the new character, Abra. Loved the ghost mentor and Danny turning the tables on the hotel ghosts with the boxes. Loved the Dark Tower references.Some minor stuff wasn’t perfect which is why a 9/10. Danny’s friend/sponsor seemed thrown away without much emotional affect or logic. He and Danny were approaching the RV together. The girl comes out and lucky for her Danny is out of ammo but doesn’t notice? Then his friend is nowhere to be found while she is about to kill him until the cliché close eyes gunshot, bad guy gets shot scene. Wtf was he doing behind the car all of a sudden?? The scene in the hotel with taking her into the hedge. Cool but why didn’t the leg cuts carry over to when she came out. And a better plan would be get her into Danny’s head and while she’s running around a maze in her mind, Abra runs up and kills or incapacitates her back in real life. The scenes of Danny turning into bad and chasing Abra around the hotel were not great. She looked like she was barely jogging for one. And it was just kinda cheesy and in service to a callback.With all that being said I was sorry to lose Danny but I like the passing of the torch and that he lives on as an Obi Wan force/shine/steam ghost for Abra. Great stuff and I hope they make more with more Stephen King connected universe villains for her to fight and different Shine users to discover.Not perfect but with the minor exceptions I mentioned, I loved it! Definitely recommend!

  • varvara-akulenko
    varvara akulenko

    Director Mike Flanagan had an unfathomable task. To both adapt a Stephen King novel, which is no easy achievement considering his uniquely descriptive writing style, and provide a sequel to what many describe as “the greatest horror film of all-time”. Quenching the thirst of King’s avid readers and cinephiles alike. So even without divulging my own opinion on Doctor Sleep, applause must be given for just producing this feature. That, unfortunately for Flanagan, doesn’t result in myself excusing specific inexcusable filmmaking tendencies that taint, not just Doctor Sleep, but various decaying intellectual properties that have been unnecessarily drudged up again.An alcoholic scarred Dan Torrance, having endured the irrevocable dangers of the Overlook Hotel (‘The Shining’), has his peace shattered when he encounters a young extrasensory girl whom is being hunted down by shine-draining monsters.First and foremost, I have not read the novel, although this should not come as a surprise. I have however, watched ‘The Shining’ multiple times. Now, what promotes the aforementioned horror as the best of its kind, is legendary Stanley Kubrick using the essence of King’s novel and essentially making his own iteration of it. One that the renowned supernatural writer still, to this day, has mixed emotions for. So for Flanagan to introduce some faithful interpretations of Doctor Sleep, whilst maintaining the cinematic endeavour that Kubrick meticulously crafted, is as I said, unfathomable. And there’s a perfectly valid reason for that. The overtly supernatural strands of the novels do not complement the genesis of terror from Kubrick’s film. Which is why, with great regret, I have to report that Doctor Sleep does not work. It doesn’t.A beastly behemoth that, whilst does stand on its own two legs, relies on heavy-handed storytelling techniques and nostalgia to tackle both mediums that inspired it. In tonality, they are irrefutably different from each other. But before the disappointing third act is tackled, let’s address some positives first.Doctor Sleep is a shining example of depicting childhood trauma and how fragmented coping mechanisms are embedded throughout adulthood. Young Danny imaginatively designs mental traps so that he can hold the starving ghosts from the Overlook in captivity. Yet that wilful mentality does not prevent him from suffering with alcoholism, substance abuse and an insalubrious lifestyle that masquerades the trauma instead of curing it. Thematically, this is powerful, and grants the narrative a solid cohesion throughout. For the first two hours, you subconsciously warm to Danny due to the tormenting fears he has established throughout the two films. He’s a pillar of “the shining”. McGregor consistently captivated by depicting a fragile mentality through a physically demanding performance, maintaining the entranced demeanour of his younger character.The first hour, that heavily explained “the shining” and the intentions of the merciless antagonists The True Knot, experienced inconsistent tones due to the mass sprawl of locational change. One minute we’re in a sleepy town, the next a woodland area, and then all of a sudden eight years have been and gone. The zippy nature of the editing and bloated exposition resulted in atmospheric terror being abolished. The tension was non-existent, and the imitation of Kubrick’s directing style paled in comparison.Then, the second hour commenced, which is by far one of the strongest acts the year has yet to offer. Flanagan retained a surprisingly dark tone that, was so shocking, forced audience members to leave the auditorium. The mind-space of Abra, a precocious teenager who has “shine”, produced a transcendental imaginative battle against Rose the Hat, leader of The True Knot. Ferguson, who portrayed the primary antagonist, was sensational. Equalling the likes of Pennywise as one of the most enthralling King villains ever depicted. Sinister, unrelenting and bordering on near-lunacy. Controlling every scene from just her eyes alone, she enhanced the palpable tension. She made the second act. In fact, she made the film. The interjecting gore and darkness throughout the middling act abruptly astonished me, and settled for a direction that I thought would control the underwhelming first act.The third act then arrives, and the entire story crumbles much like the Overlook itself. Plagued by an overshadowing sickness that ‘The Shining’ had produced. Nostalgia. Remember that time where Jack viciously chopped the bedroom door down with an axe? Or that moment where blood came hurtling through the hallways in slow motion? What about Room 237? The introductory swooping camera movement that Kubrick embraced whilst the Torrance’s drove to the hotel? The typewriter? Slowly walking up the stairs in a confrontational manner? The snow-covered hedge maze? The twins? No? You don’t remember? Flanagan has got you covered. Nostalgia is a powerful tool, yet it must be handled with delicacy. The difference between imitating and homaging is very fine, and unfortunately Flanagan settled for the former.So much of ‘The Shining’ is replicated in the third act, scene for scene, that it was a near-identical copy without the textual substance that accompanied them originally. The re-casting of the original actors, despite Essoe bettering Duvall’s performance (although not difficult), felt unnecessary. Almost tarnishing ‘The Shining’ in itself. Danny walking through the dilapidated hallways for ten minutes whilst Flanagan incorporates identical sequences, had no purpose other than to forcefully remind you that this is the sequel. Literarily, it never progresses Danny’s character or the plot. Rose the Hat staring at the blood-spewing elevators? Pointless. Danny staring at an axe encased in glass? A suitable nod to its predecessor. Do you see the difference? Between imitation and homage? The third act was littered with falsified copies, preying on the nostalgia of fans. It’s uninspired. It’s mundane. And it made me a dull boy.Creatively, Doctor Sleep managed to infuse the very best of its adapted novel and preceding feature, but embellished the very worst techniques when conveying the plot. Psychologically stimulating without installing dread. Extrasensory without testing the senses. Dimly shining amongst King’s supernatural adaptations.

  • tea-fabijanic
    tea fabijanic

    What a surprise… That wasn’t so bad actually! Now, hear me out. When I first saw the previews for this I felt disappointed by the visual look of the film, as it was all too green-tinted and lacked the Kubrick-esque framing I want from a film like this (it being a sequel to “The Shining” after all). Remember, I care too much about the visual aesthetics of these things sometimes. Especially when it was clearly supposed to connect right to the iconic classic. The green tint stays throughout the film, much to my displeasure. Worked great in “Joker” though. But once I got what the story was and paid attention I realized I was getting invested. This is a different type of film while still remembering to pay huge amounts of respect to the legacy of the original. Once you do get to the elements that carry over from Kubrick’s film it felt well earned. Interestingly enough they kind of blend well together too eventually. We delve into the supernatural aspects of what Stephen King was going after in his book, and that’s completely fine. I don’t mind a chilling spookie once in a while. Recently I’ve felt done with most of the modern day horror film tropes, so it’s such a shock for me to say that I had a good time with “Doctor Sleep”.The progression of where Danny Torrance’s character goes to is a natural right step. They go for the ‘father like son’ kind of thing, and I was completely onboard with it. The ghost of Jack Nicholson’s presence looms strongly over the story too, with Danny fearing not to follow his father’s footsteps. The new story elements were able to grab my attention as well. Again, as soon as it clicked what type of plot/movie this was, then it worked. It’s its own thing, and that’s great. No “Shining” remake – except for some re-created imagery (handled with nice respect) – But most importantly: The story and characters moved forwards. Loved what they did with the character Rose the Hat. What a sinister yet oddly charming antagonist portrayed hypnotically by Rebecca Ferguson. Hope she gets the deserved credit. Ewan McGregor will always be Obi-Wan to me, but he was a fantastic choice to play Danny. He can convincingly make me believe that he’s got the ‘shine’. It surprises me how positive I feel about the movie! It’s a neat little companion piece to the classic. Again, big props for them to go for their own thing. This is no “Force Awakens”, if you know what I mean. You’ll walk though memory lane here for sure. The difference is that it doesn’t rely on the nostalgia to tell their story. It actually stands on its own. I’ll say that if you’re a big fan of the original, then it’s worth taking a looksie

  • anne-katrin-bolzmann
    anne katrin bolzmann

    This movie surpassed my expectations. It was creepy and somehow sort of a fantasy/horror. It was a very unique movie.

  • mercedes-riva
    mercedes riva

    Just came back from the prescreening. This sequel went in a totally new direction but still had elements that tied it to The Shining. Starts out a little bit of everywhere and wasn’t sure where it was headed but it definitely starts to pick up in a whole new direction. For a sequel to one of the best classic films, it did great. I had high expectations because of Mike Flanagan but was unsure cause it’s living up to The Shining and it was better than that. I’d say watch it, it was refreshing but familiar !

  • valentijn-van-zwaben-muller
    valentijn van zwaben muller

    This was better than I expected but nothing will live up to Kubrick’s vision. As much as I love pretty much all of Mike Flanagan’s movies he seems like he held back on certain aspects of his unique style like in Hill House for example. The first 80% or so of the film actually stands alone as a great flick and it does deviate to my dismay from King’s ending which would have served better simply because the issues that didn’t work for me was recasting Jack and Wendy Torrence for no name actors. No one can live up to that, PERIOD! My theory, which may or may not be true, is that King agreed to do this movie based on the fact on how it ends and not because he wanted a sequel to the movie version of The Shining. We all know he hated Kubrick’s version so then why did he green light this movie? Well… it’s simply because I think he wanted to shove that ending into Kubrick’s film without actually travelling back in time. He succeeded to take a dump on Kubrick’s ending even though Doctor Sleep doesn’t even end like that. So… Mike and King talked about why this film should be an adaptation of not only the new book, but also a true sequel to Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece right? Right? Wrong…. I see the Overlook as a gimmick in this film that served no true purpose. It’s one thing to do a full adaptation like Kubrick but it’s a whole different ball game when you take that same masterpiece which was not King’s vision anyways and turn it upside down to get movie goers excited to see the film based on that alone. The reason I gave it 8/10 is simply because the ending did not feel like a nod to the Shining at all, but it felt disingenuous whether it was or not. I don’t think Mike felt that way but I can only imagine King was super excited to see his Shining ending finally see the light of day on the big screen and not the absolute crap-fest that was the TV mini-series. Of course that’s just the way I look at it whether or not it’s true and if it was true I highly doubt King would ever admit to it. The new girl and Rose the hat characters were excellent as was everything that built up to the mini climax of the film. It’s certainly worth seeing in a good theater. The use of surround channels was great so if you don’t hear them, you’re theater sucks. Acting – 10 Style – 9 Sound – 8 – It got repetitive after awhile which is a shame because they had the right idea by using cues from The Shining but then it seemed like they used the heart beat score WAY too much and that’s a fact, not opinion. Kubrick’s version had an untouchable score.

  • semrin-seyda-akca
    semrin seyda akca

    Major spoiler in here, you’ve been warned.The first 3/4 of the movie were incredible. Excellent directing and excellent acting. It kept you completely engaged. Kyliegh Curran was the standout and you’ll definitely be seeing more of her. They did a great job of making you absolutely hate The True Knot. They were some of the most evil, vile villains I’ve ever seen in a movie. One part in particular where they kidnap a young boy was very difficult to watch.The movie falls a little flat in the third act when they arrive at the Overlook. It started to feel like one of those made-for-Youtube fan made sequels. I get that they had to reference the movie since more people are familiar with it than the novel, but they could’ve just done it with brief flashbacks. And the decision to not use cgi to bring back Jack was a bad one. It looked like Henry Thomas with a bad baldman cap.But all in all it was a very enjoyable movie, much better than IT 2.

  • emilia-banos-larranaga
    emilia banos larranaga

    As an admirer of Stanley Kubrick’s movies and a constant reader of Stephen King’s books, I couldn’t be more pleased with Doctor Sleep. It is an amazing adaptation of the book, very faithful except for some shocking deaths that I wasn’t expecting. In order to connect more with The Shining, the last third differs from the book and returns to the Overlook Hotel, but what a payoff ! By burning the hotel just like in the original book, Stephen King has earned his revenge on Kubrick. Even though Dan doesn’t die in the book, I think the ending fits perfectly the spirit of the movie. Mike Flanagan did a very good job directing (see also The Haunting of Hill House), and the actors are all exceptional (especially Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran). I hope that Mike Flanagan will continue to adapt Stephen King’s books, he always does a great job !

  • juri-gorbunov
    juri gorbunov

    Actually really damn good. Mike Flanagan is a master and he works wonders in the foreboding shadow of The Shining.

  • dragutin-brandic
    dragutin brandic

    I can not explain in words! How much I loved this film but I’m going to try! I honestly don’t think there is anything wrong w/ this film! & it is a perfect sequel to the shinning! The soundtrack to this film. Makes your heart thump right along w/ it.. Rebecca Ferguson is a revelation in this film! She does some horrific things in it & I was just sitting in my seat in awe of her the whole time! The things Mike Flanagan pulls off in this not many directors can do! & it brings the shining back around in the most incredible way in this day in age! I mean the metaphor for this film is so true to what happens as you get older! It’s been done a million times but not like this. I was cheering right along the whole theater.(early access passes!) I was crying through so much of the film.. critics are calling it the best Stephan king adaptation since the shining & They are so right! I mean it’s a truly incredible film. So much is happening & u never feel lost OR over explained to like your an idiot! It’s best to rewatch the shining before. Because it is straight up a sexual to it.Please see this in theaters you won’t be sorry!

  • anargul-fermuta-arsoy-akar
    anargul fermuta arsoy akar

    Just got out of an early screening of “Doctor Sleep”. I’ll keep it short. This was a really solid movie, that finds an interesting way to continue the story and mythology of “The Shining” while still having its own identity. Rebecca Ferguson is absolutely wonderful as the villainess. This is her best performance since Mission: Impossible. Ewan McGregor isn’t as off the wall, charismatic, or memorable as Jack Nicholson, but then again, this is a different character. He does a fine job. The girl was really good…its a slow burn but it pays off in the end. Poop

  • iamze-chit-anava
    iamze chit anava

    …mike Flanagan GETS IT. He feels it. Few people can translate this well from an original tale within a tale within a tale. YOU certainly can’t! If your heart doesn’t beat to the soundtrack, and you don’t feel those happy goosebumps several times during the film, then, history is lost on you. After seeing this movie, my fiancé and I came home to two random driveway SOLAR garden lights flickering OPPOSITE one another!!!! If that doesn’t express what you should feel, hear, breathe, see and think and as a reward from watching this movie… good luck you sorry, sorry, soul.

  • univ-prof-robin-paulsen
    univ prof robin paulsen

    Finally got to see my most anticipated film of the year and I’m happy to tell you it’s everything I wished for and more. Flanagan has done an amazing job adapting the book from Stephen King and giving lovers of the Kubrick film adaptation of “The Shining” (1980) a cinematic sequel. Now i read the book and while I enjoyed it for the most part, I found parts of it underwhelming. I feel in this film adaptation, Flanagan takes elements from the novel and manages to make them more darker and serious which in turn really helped address some issues I had with the book. He does make some serious changes though and while I embraced them I’m not sure how others who read the book will feel about them. “The Shining” (1980) to me and I’m sure a lot of you, is a masterpiece in filmmaking. I for one prefer it over the novel and with this film, it most certainly feels like a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s version and a love letter to that film. The last 30 mins or so are absolutely amazing and kudos to Flanagan for pulling it off. Ewan McGregor does a great job as an adult Danny Torrance and Rebecca Ferguson captivates as Rose the Hat. The film sets a great tone with some stunning visuals and the score completely grabs you. How much you enjoy this film really depends on what you want out of it. There’s practically no gore here and no cheap jump scares. What you’ll get though is expert filmmaking from someone who you can tell really loves the source material he’s pulling it all in from. Everything struck a balance for me that I was tremendously pleased with, top horror film of the year.