Stephen King's 'Desperation' Reviews
"Desperation" is a film that is trying to be scary while simultaneously being conservative and mainstream and trying not to offend at the same time. Stephen King just does not belong on prime-time, not, that is, if the intention is to scare and disturb.
It's one of my favorite King books, but the story is just a mess here and makes little if no sense to someone who hasen't read the book. What drives the characters to do what they do has been completely lost and made unbelievable. The spiritual stuff that I loved from the book just doesn't come across as realistic in the movie.
It is an impressive cast with one of my favorites, Perlman, leading the way and Gish, Thomas, Durning, Frewer and the kid from the "Stacy's Mom" music video. Anyway I was expecting better from this line up and other then Perlman and Thomas, most of them give mostly uninteresing and boring performances.
Maybe it's the movie's length (3 hours with commercials), maybe it was the directing, maybe it was the story losing it's substance, but whatever the reason this movie was mostly a disappointment. Started out strong and promised to be good, but went down hill from there.
Now I'm DESPERATELY hoping it will be remade sometime in the future. Hopefully with Ron Perlman again.
Not slasher scary or teenagers groping each other scary... scary in that Stephen King way that can make you scared of the most ordinary things and places that you really didn't think of as scary before seeing some of his work.
I can't stand to be in a dark theater alone now! Dark hotels... OMG! Cities and towns where all the power is out (like after the 2 major hurricanes in 3 years where I live). Ordinary things you don't think about until Stephen King gets into your mind and scares you sh*tless!
This is one that has a relatively high pucker factor. You want to get in there and hurry them along or tell them to go the other way or in some way keep them from going down that wrong road, making that wrong choice, that will lead to death and ruin.
Nope, I definitely don't like scary but I DO love Stephen King! Nobody does scary (for me) better!
One little aside... I loved the line in the movie where Stephen Weber is talking about the author he works for to the hitchhiker he's picked up and she calmly states that she doesn't know his bosses work. She says she'll stick to Dean Koontz. I had to laugh out loud at that ~