NOS4A2 (2019– )
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The only part I truly enjoyed was some little Easter eggs on a map with Pennywise Circus, Lovecraft Keyhole, and Tree House of the Mind.
I'm not sure how to feel being a fan of the source material and all of Joe Hills work. I think I can sum it up best by saying this adaptation, through and through, is very different from what I imagined. If I wasn't such a fan of the book I wouldn't stick it out past the first episode. Very disappointed and Extremely underwhelmed.
Now, with King's son Joe Hill's superb novel NOS4A2, we see a similar treatment. A fantastic book, wrecked by TV producers. Where to even begin with this? For a horror it's a slow as a wet week. The awful 'rubber mask' makeup and over the top voice for Manx really set the tone for the lack of attention to detail across the board with this.
Given how strong young actors were in Stranger Things, this needed to remain true to the book and have a young lead. Instead we have an Aussie actress who is 26 years old, playing an 18 year old, and she's obviously way too old for even this role. The actress playing her mother is a mere 10 years older than her, and they look closer to sisters than mother and daughter. Oh and the mother's accent! Yikes!
But why did the producers feel any need to suddenly maker Vic an angsty teen? Crazy choice. Suddenly we're burdened with all this high school melodrama and the feisty young character is now a whiny teen, played by a woman who's closer to 30 than she is to a teenager. She's the wrong actress at the wrong age, in the wrong part with the wrong director, using the wrong accent. She was great in Puberty Blues, but she's just lost in this show, and to be fair they did not give her a lot to work with.
The pace just drags as we get endless family arguments and a tedious sub plot about how hard it is to get into college - I mean who cares?
I highly recommend the book, but this is total garbage. Avoid!
I note that Joe Hill wrote another fantastic book called The Fireman which is also now in production as a movie or series. I would be very worried if I was Joe, because like his father, Hollywood rarely ever gets novels right and his legacy might be 'writes good books, which make terrible TV'.
Regrettably with NOS4A2 its wall to wall gloom. This series is set in the US version of Le Miserable's. Impoverished neighbourhoods, lost dreams, dysfunctional families.
Topping off all this misery is a creepy old weirdo who drives around in a vintage luxury car, abducting kids. If that sounds downright depressing and ugly, well in my view, that's because it is.
The series cause is made no better by painfully slow pacing, hinted at scares that amount to nothing and a general fug of uninspired mediocrity with a vaguely teenie angst thing, going on.
Suffice to say unless you are having trouble sleeping I'd suggest this is one to avoid. 4/10.
The show didn't do justice to the content of the novel. Didn't care much for the suburban drama.
I wish there were more scenes highlighting Charlie Manx and the history of Christmasland.
Acting - wise, I've always enjoyed Zachary Quinto's work and it's nice to see him back as a villain. He did the best he could with the material he had.
Main lead was okay - there were times her character annoyed me and there were times she was alright.
At times if you can get by the numerous inaccuracies the plot holes, the poor acting and copious amounts of drama then it is watchable but as I said only if there is nothing else on TV.
I also found the lesbian scenes shocking not because of anything graphic but because they were out of place and off kilter from the story line, indeed I can see no reason to have included these scenes. Only the producers know why they included these scenes.
The plot holes are hard to live with too and prevent the viewer from buying into the story.
But the worst thing about this show IMO is that the cast are unlikeable, indeed, i really could not care less about any of them.
The lead actress who is in her mid 20's plays a angsty teenager and it really does not fit or work. It looks ridiculous when she shares a scene with her screen mother, who is in reality around the same age as her.
Yeah the whole cast with the exception of Zachary Quinto are unlikeable - and he is supposed to be unlikable.
Another disappointing show that could have been fantastic