Friday, October 30, 2009

Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

I have always been a huge fan of Stephen King. His books are imaginative, genuinely terrifying and thought provoking and can also be really sweet and tender. He is a very diverse and outspoken author and his books have made great movies. The Shining is a cinematic masterpiece, Shawshank Redemption is touching and sweet, It makes me even more scared of clowns and Misery is brilliant.

So it came as surprise to me when they announced that one of the more memorable stories in Stephen King's short stories classic Everything's Eventual would be made into a movie. Now while I wish some of the other stories would be made into movies I do have to say that 1408 was a great story.

It was a really brief but very effective story. Mike Enslin is a horror author who writes stories about haunted houses, castles and the like. His new fascination is with a mysterious hotel room at the Dolphin Hotel. Legend has it that room 1408 is cursed and has caused the deaths of many of its visitors. This intrigues Enslin and he decides he wants to stay there. Against Mr. Olin, the managers, wishes he stays there anyway and it is the most disturbing hour of his life.

This story carries over well into the film with John Cusack performing a great almost one man show. He is moody, intellegent and brings a good life to the character. Samuel L Jackson does okay as Olin but I probably would have cast someone else. Jackson's Olin is a little too in your face compared to the soft spoken Olin of the book.

Considering it was only a 25-30 page story the film had to make up a lot to keep it interesting. The hotel scene itself, consisting of what occurs in the hotel room, is consistent with the story and ads some pretty interesting elements. Some of the side stories in the film are unnecessary but overall the film delivers well.

While not the most true adaptation of a King novel it does a good job and is pretty interesting. If you like King's stories or are a fan of good thrillers than give this a watch.


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