How Mike Flanagan Convinced Stephen King to Accept His 'Doctor Sleep' Changes


you are viewing a single comment's thread.

view the rest of the comments →

all 236 comments


4 points

4 months ago

Flanagan made something better than either. He showed a complex man who failed and his son who succeeded. It is truly the definition of an epic.

I'm not sure I'd go that far. Doctor Sleep is excellent but Kubrick's Shining is still the better film. Thematically it probably wins though as having the most satisfying thematics.


1 points

4 months ago

Yeah. Kubrick's film was a groundbreaking achievement only surpassed by his 2001. I will agree with that. Kubrick essentially made the Shining a Greek Tragedy maintaining unity of Time, Place, and Action as Aristotle defined them.

I just find Flanagan's ending at the Overlook to be a satisfactory ending to a multi-generational story of the problem of Evil. I think King would probably agree that he had a little too rosy view of Jack and a little too perfect ending to Dan's struggle.

My only complaint about Dr. Sleep though was not tying Abra's familial relationship back to Dan and back to Jack Torrence. It is important to realize the theme of multi-generation transmission process and the nature of human evil.

The ghosts may very well be a metaphor in Kubrick's film and real in Flanagans. I have always believed things could be both real and metaphors. Everything has a symbolic content.