DVD | Fantasy | 19 Feb 2020
DVD | Fantasy | 19 Feb 2020
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Doctor Sleep is the continuation of Danny Torrances story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen Kings The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the shine. Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
Review of Doctor Sleep by Christopher Pattison
Mike Flanagan has to balance a lot when directing Doctor Sleep. Not only was he adapting Stephen Kings novel he was also creating a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of ‘The Shining’, an adaptation that author, Stephen King despises. So how did he manage the seemingly impossible task? Quite well. It’s safe to say Doctor Sleep is one of the best movies I saw in 2019. It was clever, building strong, relatable characters with superb dialogue and crafty set-pieces that made you think whilst also not loosing sight of the film and books that inspired it. Ewan McGreggor is marvellous as Danny Torrance. You really feel his pain and the internal battle of trying to do the right thing whilst also protecting himself as well. Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat was also wonderful, one of 2019’s best villains. This film showcases the dark and the light and the eternal struggle, but in a unique and very different way. I love Doctor Sleep and encourage everyone to see it in 4K if they get the chance. 10/10
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Review of Doctor Sleep by Peter Walkden
For those who are not aware, Doctor Sleep is based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. This film is also a sequel to the 1980s horror hit “The Shining”. Those who are passionate about Stephen King’s stories will be happy to find that unlike “The Shining”, Doctor Sleep does stick to the elements from the novel.
Doctor Sleep is set many years after the tragic events that took place during “The Shining”. Our sequel is now focused on Dan Torrance, Aka Little Danny, who is now a fully grown adult (played by Ewan McGregor). In the present day, Dan spends his life keeping his Shining abilities to himself and enjoys staying drunk to avoid hearing voices. Dan soon cleans up and uses his “Shining” abilities to help others who are struggling in life. Dan also meets a young girl who appears to have similar (perhaps) the same powers to him. A strange cult wants this little girl. It is now up to Dan to protect the young girl from those who hunt children and enjoy feeding on their powers. This cult calls themselves “The True Knot”. The cult’s leader is a mysterious, immortal woman who calls herself “Rose The Hat” (played by Rebecca Ferguson).
Being a massive fan of the 1st instalment (recently reviewed with a perfect 10/10 score), I naturally was eager to see this new sequel.
Ewan McGregor’s performance as the grown-up version of Dan/Danny is excellent, and his portrayal of the young boy we once knew is believable and convincing.
As a plot, there is also a new story to tell. While the film enjoys giving nods to the original movie, the film’s central core and heart is a new story rather than a repeat of the old, even more so once Dan communicates with a young girl who may also have “The Shining”. The relationship between these two is also positive. It did not take me long as an audience member to get invested in this film and become eager to go on this new journey. I also found myself cheering Dan on as he goes into protection mode to save the girl from this creepy and unusual cult.
As for the cult, it is also enjoyable to see them on screen and understand more about their world. Rebecca Fergusson also gives one of my favourite performance from her.
Final praise points must go the film’s unique style of filming along with its audio tracks. Hearing the old “The Shining” theme track in the speakers lit my face up with a big grin. Sound effects also play a massive part in this film, and honestly, it is just a perfect mix (especially when one’s heart is beating fast).
Overall, Doctor Sleep is a new, exciting next chapter with a good story to tell and with a fantastic performance by Ewan McGregor and fellow cast members that welcomes audience members into engaging with the plot. I can easily recommend this film, and it feels refreshing to see something new that ticks lots of boxes.
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Title: Doctor Sleep
Release Date: 19 Feb 2020
Actor(s): Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Selena Anduze, Robert Longstreet, Carel Struycken, Catherine Parker, James Flanagan, Met Clark, Zackary Momoh, Jocelin Donahue, Dakota Hickman
Catalogue No: R-126434-9
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 92
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Strong Horror Themes And Violence
Production Studio: Warner
Dubbed Languages: Warner
Director(s): Mike Flanagan
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller