On Halloween of all days, the new film based on the Stephen King’s book Dr Sleep came out. I went to the first screening on the first day at our local cinema and the film did not disappoint.
Dr Sleep is the sequel to the Stephen King classic “The Shining”. Dr Sleep looks at the family and focuses especially on the little boy character called Danny after the events that have happened in the Overlook hotel. Don’t worry no spoilers here!
It then follows him up to his thirties and what happens to him will leave you heart broken, because if you found yourself invested in the characters during the Shining you would have wanted better for Danny. However, the story really takes off when Dan (as the older character is known) realises that he can no longer hold back his psychic gift that he has been suppressing and instead uses it to help save a girl. The girl, Arbra, also has the same gift to the same degree of strength as Dan did when he was younger – this then draws the attention of a group of energy vampires called the Trueknot, who use the gift to fuel them. This then sparks a chase which keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will love every moment of it.
Then the end, whether you thought that Stanley Kubrick’s version was better or worse than the Stephen King version of the Shining did not matter with this film as it perfectly married the two together as the whole Shining story comes full circle and fills in so many questions that you will have formed watching the two movies. It was a perfect way to tie off the Shining series and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves Stephen King, The Shining or a good story in general.
I am currently listening to the audio book version and I intend to reread the book so I will hopefully be reviewing those too.