A big disappointment. Some times the stars align and we get a good script, director, and actors that are able to bring the world of Stephen King to life perfectly......but the stars were not aligned this time.
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.