1922 – King Strikes Again
1922 is a Netflix Original, an adaptation of novella penned by Stephen King and published in his collection ‘All-Stars, No Dark’.
I pick up multiple books and watch multiple series & movies at the same time. This, in my opinion, makes it easy for me to abandon any book, movie or series without much guilt once I feel boredom creeping in. 1922 was one such short-story (a, really long one at that) that I cut short as the storyline was moving at a pace that was much slower than it should have, to keep me interested.
When I saw that Netflix had a movie listing by that name, I wanted to watch it, merely to see how and if ever the story would move towards a logical conclusion. Cut here and more on this, later!
The movie started in more or less the same pace as the book, with the cast of Wilfred James and Henry James matching the figures that I formed in my head when I read the book.
Curse me for drifting off the main plot, but that’s the best part about King’s works and the movies/series that have adapted his works. “What You See In Your Head Is What You See On-Screen”. Shining, Mist and 11.22.63 are some of his works where the characters don’t have to be introduced or even referred to by name for one to identify who they are. They just have to walk into the frame and you know who that is going to be.
But Mrs. Arlette James was off the (my?) mark; a long way away from what the picture of Mrs. James that saw in my head. But as the movie progressed, it dawned on me as to why Molly Parker was cast; she owned the role.
The movie serves everything one has come to expect out of Stephen King. Grips you, threatens you, makes you want to throw up, make you squirm, makes you root for the bad guy and make you want more as well as feel relieved when the ride is over. He is a master of the genre, not for no reason.
Cutting back to the abandoned read, it took just about an hour into the movie before I wanted to kill myself for not reading the rest of the story. No, it did not move like Bolt across 200 meters but the plot was intriguing enough and would definitely have had me glued to the pages if I had carried on to the end.
It would be a nice watch if one reads up the story first but the movie would interest you with its narration even if you choose to cut straight to the meat. 100 minutes of assured entertainment!
Watch The Trailer Here :