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Doctor Sleeps Awakening

Doctor Sleeps Awakening

USA 2019 - with Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon ...

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Movie info

Original title:Doctor Sleep
Genre:Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Direction:Mike Flanagan
Cinema release:21.11.2019
Production country:USA 2019
Running time:Ca. 152 min.
Rated:From 16 years
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Decades ago Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) was confronted with the traumatic events in the Overlook Hotel as a child. Meanwhile he has come to terms with his past as well as with his ability, the "Shining". But the ghosts of his past catch up with Dan when he meets the young Abra (Kyliegh Curran), who, like him, has the shining at her disposal. It is this supernatural power that brought the two together. But Abra is not the only one who can feel the shining in others. Also the members of the True Knot around the unscrupulous Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) are in their insatiable thirst for immortality in search of people with the Shining on which they feed. Together Dan and Abra want to take up the fight with Rose the Hat - but for that Dan has to face the demons of his childhood… 

"Doctor Sleeps Erwachen" tells the story of Danny Torrance 40 years after "The Shining". Director and screenwriter Mike Flanagan, who has made a name for himself among genre fans with the Netflix series "Spuk in Hillhouse", has already delivered a convincing King adaptation with "Das Spiel". In the sequel to the classic "The Shining" Flanagan has managed a small feat: On the one hand, he keeps very close to the original novel for long stretches. On the other hand, he also pays tribute to the film adaptation of Stanley Kubrick, which King himself doesn't appreciate that much. So his film is in equal parts a continuation of the book and its (first) adaptation. 

This follows the events in the Overlook Hotel in a timely manner. It is clear that the roles of the young Danny Torrance and his mother have been reshuffled for these scenes. However, the decision that every now and then small retrospects of Kubrick's movie with the original actors show what just doesn't really fit together - and could confuse viewers, who didn't see "The Shining", a little bit, though. Apart from that, there is hardly anything wrong with Flanagan's movie. Ewan McGregor delivers a really strong performance, but is nevertheless played against the wall by his female co-stars. 

While Kyliegh Curran proves to be a real new discovery, of which you will certainly see more, Rebecca Ferguson as a cold-blooded, supernatural killer can make the audience shiver. You can tell that Ferguson enjoyed playing such an evil character. And if Rose the Hat is really in her element, then the movie can be quite disturbing and bloodthirsty at times. But there are also many quieter moments in which Flanagan gives the characters and the story time to evolve.  

The last act that takes Danny back to the overlook is undoubtedly one of the movie's highlights. Especially the set designers did a great job to rebuild the backdrops of Kubrick's film as true to the original as possible. Even if a key scene doesn't quite leave the impression that the makers had hoped for (for obvious reasons that shouldn't be revealed here), the finale is a worthy bow to the classic movie from 1980. 

Admittedly, "Doctor Sleep's Awakening" has some small weaknesses. But overall it's one of the better King movies with great actors, some very intense moments and a very well done last act. That's what it's all about: Absolutely worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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