Friday, 17 July 2009

Downbeat denouements

Finally got round to watching Frank Darabont's excellent adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist the other night. It was everything I'd expected. Well crafted with a smart script and neat monsters, and head and shoulders above typical genre fare.

What I didn't expect, however, was that ending. If you've not seen The Mist, fear not, I won't go into spoilerifc details but boy, Darabont's disturbing denouement left me shaken and depressed. And I like downbeat endings. Se7en? Brilliant. The Parallax View? Hell, yeah. But The Mist's really upset me.

It's been years since I read King's original novella, but, from what I remember, he left it open-ended. Darabont's is just plain nasty and fucked up. And all power to him for getting it made that way.

5 comments:

Matt J said...

Did you watch the b&w version or colour?

Mark Salisbury said...

Only watched the colour one so far, but I'm definitely going to check out the B&W, which, I think, is Darabont's preference.

J.D. said...

Yeah, the ending was a real punch to the gut but a good one nonetheless. Definitely one of the best horror films to come out this decade.

I heard that he might be tackling King's THE LONG WALK next. Can't wait!

Mark Salisbury said...

I hope so, The Long Walk is my favourite Bachman, and is up there in my top King books.

Gerard said...

I'm so keen to check out the B&W version of this. I will say, however, that the ending I only liked in theory. In theory, it's the kind of ending I generally tend to gravitate towards, but with it all unfolding as quickly as it did in the film I felt it was robbed of any impact - to be honest, playing out as it did, it actually made me giggle...