We do get a lot of flashbacks from The Shining and it’s eerie how well these scenes look. All except the scene where the blood pours out of the elevators have been recreated. And it’s not just the Overlook that we get to revisit. We also see Danny as a 5 year old as well as his parents Jack and Wendy. I especially like Alex Essoe as Wendy. She even sounds like Shelley Duvall.
So, the flashbacks work but so do the current and main story of the movie. Ewan McGregor is great in the role as the adult Danny and young Kyliegh Curran delivers a strong performance as Abra but my favorite is Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat. I’ll even go as far as to say that her casting is, if not the best, one of the best ever done in a King movie.
Rose The Hat is the leader of The True Knot, a group of traveling vampires who feeds off the Shine that they get from killing people with the same abilities that Danny and Abra have. And now Rose has found Abra and she is hungry! Abra now has to put all her faith in Danny and that they together can defeat The True Knot.
The movie follows the book pretty closely with the exceptions that are needed to get it to be a followup to Kubrick’s movie version and I like it. The only thing I’m missing is more info about the members in The True Knot. We do find out more about a few of them but some are just bystanders and having read the book I know there are more to them. But that is just a small bump, Doctor Sleep is a really good movie!