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In many cases, the television miniseries is the best medium for adapting Stephen King novels to the screen, if for no other reason that the sheer volume of the books themselves. Like their theatrical counterparts, those TV movies have had varying degrees of success. Of the author's later works, "Bag of Bones" was one of my favorite but the movie is a plodding letdown.
In this case, as is the case with most of the miniseries that do not work, the added time allotted the format is the project's own worst enemy. The film is leisurely paced, and that may be the kindest way to put it. Perhaps a little too kind.
And while Pierce Brosnan is a fine actor, he never really feels comfortable playing a famous writer trying to just be a regular guy. Some of the clothes he is required to wear here to paint him as that ordinary Joe instead make him look like Paul Bunyon. The story is faithful to the novel, and that's always a plus but a lot of the complexities are lost even with a four hour time block to fill. The ending in the forest seems especially anticlimactic, which is why I suppose they went with the more "Fatal Attraction" second ending to spruce things up some more. It reeks of desperation more than anything else. In this case, you can't fault the source material.
Mick Garris has made some good films, but his track record with King adaptations made for television is spotty at best. It doesn't improve much with the tepid, overlong and only marginally entertaining "Bag of Bones". There's a great story here, filled with tried and true King themes, but the storytelling is lifeless and weak.