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Doctor Dream, the weight of a backpack that could never lift


Doctor Dream, the weight of a backpack that could never lift

Doctor Dream carry a heavy backpack that cannot be taken out. And if he could put it aside, he could not avoid it either. The glow Stangley Kubrick is one of the most classic horror films in history, a holy grail that should not be touched, while Stephen King's original novel is such a personal work, that the changes generated in the adaptation prompted the rejection of his actor.

In turn, there are also structural differences that mark the balance and create equipment that bar one or the other. The film deals with the evil nature of a man who loses his sanity, but the novel turns more towards alcoholism and the cycles of abuse that feed the internal demons.

That's why the making of the film of Doctor Dream He hadn't had it easy since its genesis. Either it followed the cinematographic masterpiece, with the calculated cold that kept the Overlok Hotel standing, or it remained closer to the novel of personal terrors that exploded the building and kept characters like Dick Hallorann alive.

Faced with that decision, the director Mike Flanagan He tried to reconcile both visions, despite King's personal opinion about Kubrick's work, following the basis of the 2013 novel, but creating a work that merges experiences and gives a result that inevitably feels the weight of the chosen path. In short, there was no way to make this have an unpolluted result.

With a story that begins shortly after the events of The glow, this sequel is faithful in general to the Kubrick movie, but following the story already established by King's novel. Little Danny Torrance and his mother, a Wendy replicated quite well by the work of actress Alex Essoe, live far from the snow in a place in Florida, while trying to heal from the trauma of the Overlook Hotel events. On that path, the ghost of Dick Hallorann helps Danny create special boxes in his mind with the glow, thus trapping the ghosts that still chase him to consume his power.

Meanwhile, in another part of the country, a group that calls itself “The True Knot”, led by a woman who calls herself Rose La Chistera, played by Rebecca Ferguson, hunts children who have the glow, with the aim of extending their lives. You see, here they propose that the glow is powerful in children like Danny who have not yet matured, but it is much stronger when they experience pain, so the malefic group is dedicated to torturing minors to continue living for centuries and centuries.

Several decades later, an adult Danny, now played by Ewan McGregor, follows his father's bad path when it comes to alcoholism, but moves to a small town where he starts working in a nursing home. After months without drinking a drop of alcohol, which allowed him to suppress his radiance, Torrance begins to help dying people and also begins to connect telepathically with a girl, named Abra, who has a much more powerful glow. Hence, it will inevitably remain in the sights of the True Knot, who currently have trouble finding innocent people with enough steam to satisfy their hunger. The world has changed too much.

That is roughly the story, which follows the main idea of ​​the novel, which never seemed like a good idea and I refused to read it because I was not interested in the way King chose. However, when it works best Doctor Dream It is precisely when he explores the whole world of the True Knot, he gives a little time to each of his outlandish members and extends the reach of Abra and Rose using the glow. When it works the least, especially in its last act, it is when I ride more pleasiates to Kubrick and make argument decisions that are much less imaginative than what he initially presents in his dramatic knot.

Flanagan's work when merging the versions of The glow, both the cinema and the paper, works quite well, especially with regard to the use of Dick, the recreation of the Overlook hotel or the winks to their respective authors. Not only are the iconic locations recreated, but there are also shots that pay homage to Kubrick and there are winks to all of King's work beyond the Torrance events themselves.

But the movie still stays halfway, being pulled by the accounts that it has to render on each side, and much of that is because they don't delve deeply into Danny's drama. On the contrary, here they explore more to the various secondary frames that extend their duration in almost 2 hours of footage. which undoubtedly takes away from what happens on the final route where room 237, the corridor with the twins, the elevator with the river of blood, the Golden Hall and even the Torrance room, the Typewriter and ax.

In broad strokes, it is as if they became more engulfed in the set than in the text. Yes, the hotel looks spectacular, and even the casting works to try to recreate the characters of the Kubrick movie, but there are argumentative decisions that do not fit, they feel lame and the idea behind Danny's special boxes lead to a predictable resolution that he plays against the unpredictable nature that his story has for much of its history. That is to say, Doctor Sleep It works on account of drops and much of that is due to, returning the beginning, the weight that drags from its genesis.

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