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#CrunchTest Movie Buff: Do You Shine? A Doctor Sleep review.

Disclaimer: There could be spoilers in this review.


While watching the trailer, some would be confused.. so what is Doctor Sleep (directed by Mike Flannagan) all about? Is it a thriller or a horror? I'm not too sure what this is about but it does look creepy.


Doctor Sleep is a sequel to a Stephen King novel and sequel to The Shining (1980) (directed by Stanley Kubrick).


Most of us probably have not heard of The Shining but it's known to be many horror fans' favourites back in the 1980s to 1990s. Just to give a brief back story, the prequel focused on an aspiring writer, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) who was a caretaker of a haunted hotel during one winter - he brought along his wife, Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and son, Danny. Danny has a psychic gift called"the shining" which gives him the ability to hear, speak to others and see the dead physically and telepathically. Unfortunately for both Wendy and Danny, Jack was also abusive and an alcoholic. So, you could imagine the torment they had to go through..


In Doctor Sleep, alternatively, showcases the story of Danny (Ewan McGregor) who is now an adult and also, a struggling alcoholic in hopes of drinking away to forget his "shining" ability. Until one day, he was 'reached out' by a young girl, Abra Stone (Kylieih Curran) who has the same ability as him, but stronger. The movie further tells the story between the two and what they unfold.


Watch the trailer of Doctor Sleep here:


We invited a few of our Movie Buffs to catch the screening and

here's what they had to say:


Overall score: 4.3/5!

What Yvonne thinks:

Instagram: @yvonnegoh


1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

The scene started with Rose (villain protagonist) and a little girl actually made me even more curious about what will come after, and Dan Torrance's act gave me a flashback of The Shining, and this is like a follow-up story of it but added Rose and her cult.

2. Comparing it with recent Stephen King based movies (eg: It Chapter 2), how did you think this movie faired against them?

I prefer Doctor Sleep better. Although the movie was longer than usual (2 hr 30 mins), it did not seem lengthy and it has a slightly better storyline, on how amazing Abra "contacted" Dan in such way and fight the cult together.

3. Which scene left a haunting impact one you and why?

It is not a scary movie, more to human and non-human having a fun time fighting; for me. So, there wasn't a scene that really left me haunting impact but bringing me some of the old memory movie images from The Shining, which is spooky, the shower curtain scene and where the eerie bloody elevator came on, you'll start to remember what you have watched long, long time ago.

4. What do you think the movie can do better?

It could give a bit more room for the evils' act and to make it a little bit more scary - maybe to have scenes on Dan's memories when his family were taking care of the hotel while he went back there.


The ending was happy and in control but it would be better to leave the ending open-ended - if the story leaves a trail of spirits are still out there.

5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

3.5


What Fatin thinks:

Instagram: @faaticatts


1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

I read the book and was surprised with how close the director, Mike Flannagan was able to keep to the plot. But of course, there were a few things that he left out and a very big change at the ending. Having said that, for all the intents and purposes, it was a worthy follow up to The Shining especially by ending it at the Overlook Hotel.


2. Comparing it with recent Stephen King based movies (eg: It Chapter 2), how did you think this movie faired against them?

Compared to It Chapter 2, Doctor Sleep has a much better to me but after all both of the movie gave me the similar concept of the main character(s) re-visiting their childhood memories combining with elements of haunting nostalgia and facing their fears.


3. Which scene left a haunting impact one you and why?

The scene when Danny went back to the Overlook Hotel and setting all of the ghosts free from his ‘box’. Mainly because he decided to face them again even though he knew it was going to affect him just to kill Rose for the sake of others who may have “ The Shining” in them and it's quite painstakingly scary to face your fears and being in a place that traumatised you're for life.


4. What do you think the movie can do better?

As for me, I’d say Stephen King did a great job connecting the dot from The Shining with Doctor Sleep. Generally, I don't have any thoughts on what the movie can do better.


5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

I would like to rate 4.5/5

What Weng Loong thinks:

Instagram: @xceyloong


1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

Danny Torrance first appeared as a child psychic abilities called the shinning, which im amazed that the True Knot "feast" on their shinnies, very spectacular that these abilities controls the plot, how   makes Billy suicide (shocking), how Abra makes Danny & her father after-death feels like great (interesting), and the plot build-up where rose and Abra have their own story where they not met but eventually connected.


2. Comparing it with recent Stephen King based movies (eg: It Chapter 2), how did you think this movie faired against them?

This movie a thriller like all the Stephen King's movies but I find Doctor Sleep in particular shares more than that. The plot is a resemblance to our life where we should embrace our own talents, to have more positive thoughts & strong spirit without others' interference - at the end of the day, to succeed in what you enjoy with confidence.


3. Which scene left a haunting impact on you and why?

When Danny got coined as 'Doctor Sleep', that's where I felt everything unfolds and it kind of shook me. Because it got me thinking, you'll never know when will be the last moment in our lives and if it ends properly - with all your memories during your life, like the finish line of a marathon, no matter how is your journey is, but a good finale wraps up everything.


4. What do you think the movie can do better?

This is probably not really about the plot but I did sort of hoped for a post-credit scene because I wish to see and know what Abra felt after everything. Perhaps another movie following up with Abra too.


5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

5/5.

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