STEPHEN KING’S SECRET WINDOW. 2004. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS.
October 20, 2015 - garden totes
STEPHEN KING’S SECRET WINDOW. 2004. BASED ON THE NOVELLA BY STEPHEN KING. DIRECTED BY DAVID KOEPP. MUSIC BY PHILIP GLASS. STARRING JOHNNY DEPP, JOHN TURTURRO, MARIA BELLO, TIMOTHY HUTTON AND CHARLES S. DUTTON. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
As even a many revolutionary Stephen King fans like myself would agree, not all film and TV adaptations of a works of a biggest fear author in a universe make for top-notch viewing. Some of these adaptations, however, are flattering most over reproach.
I’d count THE SHINING, MISERY, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, SALEM’S LOT, CARRIE, THE LANGOLIERS, THE MIST and a few others among a superb success stories. There are some-more that weren’t shining yet we favourite them anyway, like THE DARK HALF.
Into that difficulty does SECRET WINDOW fit? It’s usually my possess opinion, yet this film doesn’t come nearby a drunken heights of CARRIE or THE SHINING. Then again, of course, few films do, haha.
SECRET WINDOW is formed on Stephen King’s romance (or extra-long brief story!), SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN. Over a brief soppy summer of 2015 (I’m Irish…!), we finally examination a outrageous doorstop of a book, FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, after melancholy to tackle it for ages. It’s a outrageous vast book containing 4 of Mr. King’s novellas, of that SWSG is one.
I carried a book around with me all summer in my backpack, that we would always do with whatever book I’m now reading. As a result, we gave myself what we fondly impute to as ‘Stephen King Back,’ or terrible Big-Book-Related-Back-Pain. When we finally finished reading it, we indeed had to select a slimmer volume to examination and lift around with me for a bit usually to give my bad behind and shoulders time to recover. You consider I’m kidding, yet in this instance we child we not, dear reader.
THE LANGOLIERS, a initial story, is a illusory examination about, essentially, a garland of random (and reluctant!) time-travellers. we remember how sparkling it was to watch a two-part mini-series of this over dual uninterrupted nights behind in a ‘Nineties when we was a immature one. I’ll never forget that Bronson Pinchot, aka Balki from a sitcom PERFECT STRANGERS, was in it personification a baddie. Funny a things we remember, isn’t it…?
THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN is good fun, too. It tells a story of a male who goes to a library to take out a integrate of books that’ll hopefully assistance him to give a improved debate to his Businessmans’ Club. Does he get more, approach more, than he bargained for? As it’s Stephen King during a controls afterwards yes, we gamble your honeyed donkey he does, haha. There’s a womanlike impression in it called Ardelia Lortz. Great name. Very memorable. It comes behind to me during peculiar moments.
THE SUN DOG tells a chilling story of a child who gets a camera for his birthday. Sounds totally innocuous, doesn’t it? It’s not, though. There’s a bit too most fact about a tangible workings of opposite cameras in this story for my liking, usually as in THE LANGOLIERS we learn rather some-more about a inside of an aeroplane than we need to, yet differently this is a enormous small story.
No consternation so many of Stephen King’s brief stories and novellas (STAND BY ME, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, etc.) get done into films. Lucky sod. we can’t remember a final time any of my books got done into a movie. Must be since it’s never indeed happened…
SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN is maybe my favourite of these 4 stories, substantially since it’s about a writer. we adore a approach that so many of Mr. King’s stories are about writers, for example, MISERY, THE DARK HALF and BAG OF BONES. He usually can’t conflict essay about what he knows. we positively adore that. we adore him, sigh.
Anyway, author Morton Rainey, played in a film by Johnny Depp, is experiencing a bit of a bad patch when we accommodate him. Not usually is he going by a disorderly divorce from his dishonest wife, yet now some geezer’s shown adult during his lake-house shelter claiming that Mort’s stolen a story from him and that he’s got to make reparation, pronto.
Mort usually can’t trust his lousy decaying luck. When John Shooter (for such is a geezer’s name) kicks off a debate of apprehension opposite Mort and everyone- and everything- Mort knows and loves, Mort likes it even less.
Johnny Depp usually doesn’t seem plausible as Morton Rainey for some reason, I’m not certain why. He plays it a bit too jokily for my liking, maybe it’s that. Also, a turn in a story is rubbed utterly badly too. If we hadn’t already examination a book, we literally wouldn’t have had a idea what was going on. The finale was butchered ever so somewhat and we totally cite a approach it was rubbed in a book.
On a other hand, a lakeside residence and a surrounding panorama are beautiful and Chico a dog is a honeyed small poppet. Johnny Depp looks as lovable as ever as a dishevelled, I-totes-don’t-care-what-I-look-like scribe, yet his choice in hats is deeply think and we gamble he didn’t buy those awful specs during SpecsSavers. Still, a Johnny Depp film is a Johnny Depp film and as such should be (mostly) hold in high esteem, haha.
I might not rate SECRET WINDOW as rarely as some others in a Stephen King movie-canon, yet if you’re looking for a good read, a story on that it’s formed is superb stuff. It’s filled with twists and turns and it proves but doubt that when it comes to startling your assembly and creation ’em lay adult and take notice, Stephen is- and always has been- King.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based opening poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and brief story writer. She has given some-more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in opposite venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), a Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis during a Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, brief stories and poems have seemed in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In Aug 2014, she won a ONE LOVELY BLOG endowment for her (lovely!) fear film examination blog. She is dependant to shopping books and has been famous to move home rain-washed tomes she finds on a travel and give them a home.
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