Any Early Word Of Mouth On 'Hearts In Atlantis'

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  1. MatS

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    I am a big fan of some of King's works adapted to the big screen...Dead Zone, Shawshank, Green Mile, Misery, Shining, Carrie, Cujo, Stand By Me, Dolores Claiborne
    the fact that William Goldman did the screenplay is also encouraging
    secondly I guess I need to make up my mind whether or not I want to read the book before seeing the movie (I have not done so yet)
    Lastly I see a new King book just came out, 'Black House', the follow up to 1984's 'The Talisman' (which I also have never read)..anyone pick this up??? thoughts???
     
  2. Geo

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    You should read "Hearts of Atlantis" before seeing the movie.......... for sure.
    Just received the "Black House" from Amazon. Probably take about a month for me to read it......... not enough time and I read at about the speed of say a nine or ten year old. Not really fair to the 9-10 year olds.........
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    I'm seeing this tomorrow night. I haven't read Stephen King in years (save for "On Writing") so I won't be able to compare this to the book. Regardless, I'll give y'all the heads up.
     
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    FYI, There is a national sneak preview of this film this Friday and Saturday night.
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    As a Stephen King fan I found this book a definite step up from his previous recent efforts such as Bag of Bones.
    The book is really 3 stories and the movie focuses on the first. The first part is in the same territory as Stand By Me. One must believe with Anthony Hopkins in it - this should elevate the story alone.
    Here's a couple of links of reviews: http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=10209 http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=10100 http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=10105
    Be warned spoilers are found throughout them.
    Can't wait to read the sequel to the Talisman!
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    Saw it last week and liked it. Fine performances by Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, and the kids. Interesting story told with subtlety. Excellent use of the camera. I haven't finalized my review, and I'm debating three or three and a half stars. Good film.
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  9. Scott McGillivray

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    Holy Smokes! I did not realize that "Black House" was a sequel to "The Talisman"! I will buy that book today! "The Talisman" was just fantastic. One of my favorite books. "God Pounds His Nails!"
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    Let's see here, we've got William Goldman, one of my favorite screenwriters, handling the adaptation which he calls his best after Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy, we've got Scott Hicks, one of the most talented and intriguing directors working today (Snow Falling on Cedars was a seriously underrated masterpiece imho) and Anthony Hopkins, one of the top actors in the world, and a real gentleman (whom I can personally vouch for; when I worked briefly on Hannibal he was unerringly polite to the entire cast, crew, even the extras, hell he even bothered to learn my name, and the names of all the other PAs). In case you still don't get it, I'm there! Definitely one of my most anticipated of Oscar season!
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  11. MatS

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    Mark, did you wind up seeing this??
     
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    Ric,
    I am very glad to hear you enjoyed it. I will now relish the last 400-plus pages I have left. [​IMG]
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    Good but not great-- it's a bit clumsy in parts and Goldman's dialogue has not improved that much. But the acting -- particularly the lead boy -- is really good and there's a real heartfelt bond between him and Hopkins. It has a distinct sense of nostalgia that's common to both King's non-horror pieces as well as a lot of Castle Rock films. Good photography, but some plot holes (mostly dealing with the all-too-vague nature of Hopkins' character and the connection between the lead and his best friend Sully, who he's supposed to be tight with but barely is in the picture at all) which detract from the over-all tone.
    I'm surprised this wasn't bumped up a week to fill the hole that is this week's box office ("Glitter" is going to tank; Fox is dumping it)-- a heartwarming and emotional piece like this is something many in this country need.
    I'd give it three stars out of four.
     
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    This was completely formulaic and not in a good way. Typical coming of age influenced by outsider-type older person movie, this time it's just combined with an X-File. The usual unsubtle use of period music. A lack of logical flow to the storyline. The villains of the piece are poorly defined. Hopkins has the stock "kindly mentor" role, with plenty of pithy sounding, but ultimately rote and meaningless, lines of dialogue. I also didn't find the kid to be a very convincing actor.
    But to contrast, my wife, who is a much bigger King fan than I am, liked it quite a bit, and the woman sitting to my left was crying by the end.
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    Roeper and Ebert gave it a "Thumbs up" today, and said Hopkins gave another Oscar performance...
     
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    I liked it, although there were a few problems.
    Some of the key emotional scenes just didn't quite reach the level that I had hoped. Mainly Spoiler:when Ted decides he has to leave and when Bobby beats up the bully because there wasn't enough time dedicated towards making the emotional connection that those scenes needed. I had purposely avoided reading the book (to preserve the enjoyment of watching the film) and may find that there is additional story there that could have been used.
    But, all in all, the audience enjoyed it and I was impressed by the vivid world that they created. I think I'll give the book a try now.
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    I saw a trailer for it on TV over the weekend, it had two blurbs from "Sixty Second Preview". This is not a good sign... Read an article where they said that "Sixty Second Preview" gives out blurbs for movies for money. Every time I've seen a blurb from them in the past, the movie was not good.
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