...for a movie based on a Stephen King novel. No, I don't really mean that last part, because The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Dolores Claiborne and Misery were all fine flicks of course. Despite being an SK fan, I haven't read Needful Things yet, and I think this movie can't be compared with the book. It sure was shallower because we have to miss all the italicized thoughts and elaborate descriptions from the book. But I have to say that it was better than I expected. It was well acted, even the kid playing Brian Rusky did a good job. Kids tend to ruin a lot of movies, but this boy lets you believe that he is gonna do the thing he intended to do (I'm being vague to circumvent a spoiler alert). Anyhow, there were good performances all over, but what do you expect from people like Ed Harris, Max von Sydow and Amanda Plummer? And Bonnie Bedelia (= the wife of Bruce Willis in Die Hard 1&2) does a great job too. But there are just too many flaws to make this a good movie. For instance, Ed Harris finds out way too quickly what's going on. In some movies that moment is delayed much too long, here it's the opposite. ***SPOILERS AHEAD!*** Also, the characters are not developed well, it's almost laughable to see them attack and hurt eachother, while devilish Max von Sydow chuckles in front of the fire place. And it's really too routine to end a movie with a sermon from the good guy and, like that isn't enough, a big blast. ***SPOILER END*** The ultimate ending, on the other hand, is quite unusual, but not scary or haunting, like it was supposed to be I guess. The cinematography looked good at times, other times it was B-movie quality.
How can one like a movie that is never funny, surprising, spooky or suspenseful? With a tad bit more care and some better directing this movie could've been a 7 or even 8, but I have to give it a 6, despite all good intentions.
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