Tuesday, May 6
Useless Movie Review: The Mist
The reason I don't do reviews too often is simple; by the time I get to see a movie or read books/comics, everyone has already been there/done that.
Still, I just watched The Mist and thought I'd share my thoughts.
First of all, I loved the cast. Good or bad, Stephen King movies always seem to have the best supporting casts; with many great character actors appearing again and again. This film is no exception; Frances Sternhagan, Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler are all veterans of other King films and give their usual excellent performances. A new face in the crowd, Toby Jones (as Ollie Weeks) was also a standout.
The name players all did adequate jobs, although I thought Marcia Gay Harden's crazy-religious-zealot role seemed too one-note for me. I don't remember Mrs. Carmody quite so religious in the book; she just seemed to be your town crackpot with a bit of religion thrown in. Andre Braugher was completely wasted but did well with what he was given. The young man playing Thomas Jane's son was refreshing in that he didn't overplay his role; he offered a realistic bit of shock and bawl that didn't become annoying.
The movie itself lived up to my long wait and was frightening in spite of some rather hit-or-miss special-effects. I was pleased that King's obligatory sex scene was deleted from the film as it added nothing to the plot. Two minor characters made out a bit but the scene was thankfully brief. The film is basically a 50's style horror movie about government screw-ups getting us killed. The film follows that story-line all the way to the end (Although, in the movie, the shoppers that fall under Carmody's spell seem far scarier and more savage than the monsters.) and then takes a shocking too-quick turn to very dark horror.
I think I could justify it if there had been more time spent after they left the supermarket; the fateful decision seems to come too easy without more time out in the mist. I know that he made a promise to his son, but I'd like to think he'd try harder to avoid the decision. I'm still not sure about the ending; on one hand, it is far darker than the original ending; but on the other, it truly makes it a film that will stick with the viewer for a bit... not in a good way.
All in all, I think it is a great little horror film and might even buy it for the film library.