Even better than the book
I'm amazed, but it's true. It's a wonderful story.
Attention to Those Who Read the Book:
The show will disappoint you, especially if you listened to the audio book, as I did. That recording was 30 hours long, most of which was invested in developing the main characters. It goes without saying that a 9-10 hour TV series simply cannot develope the characters like the book does. Secondly, the divergencies from the book are several, and some are major. The one that most disturbed me throughout the series was the introduction of "Billy," who in the book, is the older "Bill Turcotte" and a relatively minor character in the Derry, Maine portion of the book. In the TV series, he is elevated to a major character, a partner of Jake throughout the entire plot. I found this character to be a particularly annoying presence. Nonetheless, the casting of Sarah Gadon as Sadie was very satisfying. And, the final scene of the series, just like its counterpart in the book, moved me. Nonetheless, I regrett I invested the time to watch the series, and I found most of the episodes disappointing. I don't know if I would have felt similarly if I hadn't read the book
Happy Enough with the Transition from a Great Novel
Of course a lot has been rewritten and lost in translation for screenplay, and the decision to avoid an even more truncated format to movie is much appreciated.
However, the feel of the novel, despite the huge changes in storylines and characters, remains in an unanticipated and rewarding way.
In short, if this 1-season story caught your imagination, consider reading the hugely rewarding novel next!
Great mini series. Got hooked after the first episode. Wound up binge watching over two days. I never read the book but probably will go back and do so. I recommend it for sure
What a great concept!
Stephen King's novels are so deep, that they evoke very personal and different feelings for every reader. No screenplay is going to do the same thing. That's why it's good to read the book first. JJ Abrams did a fine job (with help from King) at attempting to put his emotions to the screen. Of course, this miniseries is not going to evoke the same emotions that one gets from the book!
To those poor souls who saw the show without reading the book, there's still hope. Read the book anyway. You may or may not gain a new appreciation for Abrahms' interpretation, but you'll be glad that you read the book!
It's hard to watch great books come to life on the screen...
but this adaptation of Stephen King's "11.22.63" was incredibly well done. Franco was perfect as Jake Epping, any deviations from the book were done with good reason, and I was emotionally invested in the characters by the end as I was when I first read the book. I know those who absolutely despise ANY changes to a story when adapting it to the big/small screen will probably find faults in this adaptation (as they always do). I, however, was impressed and entertained. Well done!
A opportunity missed. Awful!
WHY WHY WHY did they not follow the book? They had all the time to do it yet they came up with this hacked up boring treatment. Poor writing, poorer acting. Dismal….
What a waste of opportunity...
About a week later...
By A Filmmaker on the Rise
This was by far the best show I have ever watched. I finished watching this about a week, but can't stop thinking about it. I love it and need more.
This belongs up there with Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and the other greats. Everything about this show is amazing, but the best part of this show is the characters. Through only 8 episodes this show manages to bring in multiple characters that have and share such rich stories and you get to see how their lives change throughout the show. You genuinely feel for the characters and everything they are going through. It's not about some secret agent or superhero saving the day, it's just a normal person subject to an incredible scenario and trying to figure everything out along the way. Amazing writing, directing, and acting. This show is definitely worth a watch.
Did I watch the same movie as these other reviewers?
By Sick in bed2
Either James Franco made up 24 iTunes accounts or everyone else on here is drunk.
If you've read the book, run away as quickly as you can. Everything that made the book enjoyable has been rewritten, reorganized, renamed, and otherwise redone. I get it, books have to be modified to become movies/mini-series, but this went beyond modified into uncharted territory. Its like someone read the book and a year later tried to reconstruct the details while at a party after having drunk too much. Relationships, chronology, locations, details, attitudes, personalities--all changed for no good reason. What frustrated me the most was how the director changed the "mechanics" of how time is obdurate. Shawshank this aint.
If you haven't read the book, this version is still awesful. Franco's acting is terrible, character relationships make no sense (why is Jake mad at Al in the beginning?), and overall, the director failed to capture the essence of 1960 (yeah book lovers, he ends up in 1960).
If you are dead set on seeing it, at least get it in SD and save yourself $5. I recommend you pass on it completely. Were you that short on cash Mr. King that you let this be made? For shame.