Have to add I'm also excited to see how Rebecca Ferguson handles Rose The Hat. Rose is a great villain and Ferguson has ably demonstrated her ability to play a strong character in the last two Mission Impossible movies. She is well cast for this role.That’s pretty much the only reason I’m interested. Haunting Of Hill House is a tv masterpiece.
I've read the book and saw the film yesterday. I think Flanagan went to great lengths to connect the film to the Kubrick interpretation as it's a lot more recognised than either the original book or the mini-series. A lot of the supporting characters from the book have either been cut out or given the Scatman Crothers treatment and there's a nice little reunion at the Overlook at the end for those who want to play Spot the Nostalgic References. Plenty of fan service for those who love the Kubrick film but it's at the expense of detailed characterisation from the 2013 book.Despite being a massive fan of the original Kubrick film, this was barely on my radar. I knew I'd probably end up seeing it, but I didn't read the Doctor Sleep novel and the trailer didn't really excite me much.
When the early screenings were announced, my friend wanted me to go and since it worked with A-List, I decided to go ahead and see it last night.
I was blown away. I know nothing of Mike Flanagan's work, but he did an amazing job with this. Performances were terrific (especially Rebecca Ferguson), the score was awesome and it was scary as hell! I hope the general public isn't expecting another 2 1/2 hours inside the Overlook, because that isn't what this is. Despite it's long running time, it flew by.
The few complaints I've heard are the usual things whenever a novel is adapted (things being changed or left-out). Since I haven't read it (yet), this wasn't a problem for me.
I can't wait to see it again next week when it opens!