Mike Flanagan has some massive shoes to fill with his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. The movie is set to also function as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece The Shining, and thus Flanagan has two creative legends to live up to. As such, fans are probably wondering if Doctor Sleep lives up to the expectations and hype. And now we have some of the first Doctor Sleep reviews for the new movie!
As you can see in the reactions below, it looks like there’s a slight divisiveness between critics. But for the most part it looks like most people had a very positive reaction to Mike Flanagan’s work on Doctor Sleep. In fact, some are even calling it “The Shining sequel King fans have been waiting for.”
Of course, here are the few reviews which tended to criticize the movie and its attempts to recreate portions of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
It’s also worth pointing out that actress Rebecca Ferguson, who plays the main antagonist Rose the Hat, has been praised for her role in the film.
In the film…
“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.”
Doctor Sleep hits theaters on November 8, 2019.
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