Doctor Sleep – Horror
Category – Movie
GUEST REVIEWER – THE MASKED CRITIC
Content – So, I didn’t know what to expect from Doctor Sleep. I thought it was going to be some half ass sequel that wouldn’t do The Shining it’s due justice. Boy was I wrong. Besides the first five minutes where they have to give you some back-story, this movie holds up on it’s own 100%. Danny, who is all grown up now, is an alcoholic who is trying to keep his secret that he can “shine” to himself. However, he is still plagued by the memories of the Overlook Hotel. He looks to escape again and finds himself in a small New Hampshire town, where he finds a friend, Billy, who gets him sober. Dan finds himself in a new job as an orderly and uses his “shine” to comfort dying patients. They nickname him Doctor Sleep. You ask yourself, what could go wrong? Well, how about a young girl named Abra who starts telecommunicating with Dan, and who’s “shine” is stronger than he has ever seen. And by the way, is being stalked by a band of carni-like gypsies who travel the country looking for young kids that shine, to kill them and steal their essence, or steam as they call it. You’ll understand when you watch it. So, the dilemma for Dan is, does he help this young girl Abra fight this clan of eclectic murders led by the very powerful Rose the Hat, or does he play it safe and simply walk away? The elements of The Shining definitely come into play towards the end! This scores a 9 out of 10.
Acting – Loved loved loved the ensemble cast in this movie. I’ve never been a big Ewan McGregor fan, but watching him play Dan Torrance was amazing. From being a very vulnerable drunk, to a strong hero by the end of the film was awesome. Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Rose the Hat, was evil and sexy, with no apologies. Kyliegh Curran, who plays Abra Stone, is mesmerizing, fun and sassy. She’ll give you a child like smile as she is kicking your ass, and not apologize for it. She should be on everyone’s watch list for years to come. Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon and Emily Alyn Lind round out this superb cast of actors. Special shout out to ET’s Henry Thomas, who did a fine job in his role (but I’ll let you figure out who he plays). Score is 9 out of 10
Duration – It didn’t bother me that it was 2 hrs and 32 min long. There was enough action, mystery and suspense to keep me glued to the screen. This gets a 8 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Doctor Sleep – 26 out of 30.
Recommended Watch – If you don’t watch it, you have a screw loose – SO SAYETH THE MASKED CRITIC