Lisey’s Story Review: Stephen King Achieves Tremendous Highs and Endless Lows


Given that Stephen King is one of the most popular writers in the world, it’s no wonder that his novels and short stories are regularly incorporated into other media.what Is What is amazing is how often those new versions fail. King’s excellent adaptation, while emphasizing his strengths as a storyteller, while downplaying his weaknesses and usually engaging in overwriting and clumsy dialogue. Bad King’s adaptation keeps flaws and adds even more, from terrible performance to cheesy special effects to slow pace. Then there’s an adaptation somewhere in between, arguably a faithful reproduction of the source material, and it’s possible that some sort of reconstruction could have been used to appeal to a larger audience.

Lizzy’s storyThe new Apple TV Plus miniseries, which displays King’s 2006 horror fantasy novel on a small screen, stands firmly at this midpoint. This plot continues as the writer’s widow (Julianne Moore) tries to reconcile her sadness with her deceased husband and her legacy. This book is clearly heartfelt, but it’s not one of King’s best books. It suffers from unintentionally stupid slang and lyrical attempts, but at best intermittently works. This show is a faithful adaptation that lightly expands the source material to fill eight 50-minute episodes. Written by King himself and directed by Pablo LarraĆ­n, it’s a very prestigious piece full of gorgeous visuals, soulful music, and talented cast.

It’s also confusing because of the flaws brought in from this book and the structural problems caused by refusing to properly translate the story to the demands of another medium. Veteran King fans. Will know from experience that “Stephen King’s Teleplay” is not a reassuring phrase. Lizzy’s story It’s not always disastrous, but it’s easy to imagine that it will be the biggest stumbling block in the series. King’s amazing talent as a fiction writer seems to disappear whenever he works in the visual medium. This series is no exception. The episode has no clear goals and the theme (marriage). Secrets, the dangers of marriage) creative life, the power of belief) are repeated over and over again, as if the repetition alone was sufficient to permeate the meaning. This is especially bad when it comes to the fantastic elements of the plot. It’s so empty and ridiculous that it tries to explain what different characters can’t explain.

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What to keep Lizzy’s story What’s out of the catastrophe is its excellent production design and performance. Despite all its shortcomings, the miniseries feature a surprisingly good cast, reaching the material in a way that makes awkward conversations sound almost natural, and at best feel legally deformed, often beyond the material. One of the most difficult challenges facing King’s adaptation is finding a way to recreate King’s character’s enhanced emotions on a grounded, realistic screen. If you play too extensively, you can get closer to the camp. If too much suppression is done, all the drama will disappear and the sense of threat and catharsis will be ruined.

To Lizzy’s story, The balance is more or less dead on. Joan Allen and Jennifer Jason Leigh play Lizzy’s sisters Amanda and Dara. Amanda suffers from regular depression and self-harm, while Dara is well adapted but warlike. The relationship with each other feels like living well, finding an effective combination between what is very frustrating and heartbreaking honesty. It is the main adversary of many miniseries. Like Jim Dooly, Dane DeHaan prevents Stock’s role from becoming completely obsolete and commits to eccentric strength and physicality that keeps the character interesting even if the text isn’t interesting. ..

But the show is from Clive Owen as Scott, especially Julianne Moore as Lizzy. The story comes alive with Landon’s ability to convey the complexity and intensity of marriage. the term. (“Bool” and “Boo’ya Moon” never sound ridiculous.) Sometimes how much of that execution time is spent on the author’s nightmare childhood flashbacks. Given that, the number of shows could increase further Scott’s story Than Lisey.

Thankfully, Moore has herself and offers great modulation performance that sells the character’s sadness, confusion, despair, and strength in a compelling way. Moore has the practicality of making the story feel more realistic through more bizarre twist twist twist twists and turns. The best scenes with her are tragedy and beauty, transcending the muddy and profound boundaries. Even if the rest of the show was a complete disaster, it would be worth seeing only her work.

A view of the mysterious magical world of Lisey's Story.Bloody moon, distant ships on the horizon, messy rocky beaches

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Overrated actors and often stunning visual styles Lizzy’s story victory. However, neither can completely overcome the suspicious decision to provide most of the backstory through intermittent flashbacks. The current events on the plot span several days, but their daily courses are full of endless glimpses into the past, up to the crawl.

It’s easy to understand the motivation behind this decision. Since most of the series follow her efforts to deal with fallout from her husband’s death, providing a fragment of their life together is clear to convey the nature of the broken mirror of her sorrow. The way. This series shows that she was lost in the past and gradually began to accept it. Her memory routinely invades the present. Because that is the mechanism of sadness. And in the ideal version of this story, the eccentric rhythm and the pace of stalling were able to win like a catharsis.

In the movie, this structure may have worked. But this is a seven-hour television show, and constant reversal is depriving the story of its cumulative influence. Take Scott’s Death: It’s clear from the beginning of the series that he died, but instead of using his end as a means of introducing the character and providing a perspective on Lizzy’s situation, his death The actual moment is held until near the end. Of the series. The scene is compelling, but doesn’t provide relevant plot information. In addition, it’s out of focus from Lizzy in that putting the dead man more completely in the past helps the show. The risk increases over time, but all scenes are treated with exactly the same weight and importance as all other scenes, so the pace and build sensation are not enhanced at the same time. Given that Lizzy and Scott weren’t involved in some of the flashbacks at all, the results were confusing, and the powerful sequence worked in isolation, temporarily drawing the attention of the audience, but quickly confusing. Fall into.

It is a supernatural element of the story, a clumsy metaphor for creative processes and childhood trauma, including a mysterious world with healing and killing powers. The concept is of image and emotional truth. It works best abstractly as an excuse to arrest expressions. A way that suggests complexity but prefers dull solutions and sentiment.

Joan Allen and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Julianne Moore's sisters in Lizzy's story

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There are fandom turmoil, mental illness, and nods to authoritative heritage, but none of these nods are truly cohesive or rewarding. The show also does not lead to the marriage of Lizzie and Scott in a clearly intended way. A relatively healthy and decent life. But that leads to her becoming like a kind of bystander wife who has plagued television for decades. Moore and Owen’s performance somehow diminishes that dynamics. But even at best, you can’t completely escape the material-specific limits.

what Lizzy’s story Such a frustrating experience, even with all this in mind, Laline and King still achieve memorable horror and graceful moments. The show is at its best, and King is more willing to himself. If you’re trying to recreate your book, or if you’ve left the scripting work to someone else, you’ll get regular glimpses of experiences that might have been better. Moore is great and no other cast lags behind her. The effect of combining CGI with a deliberately artificial set does a great job of marketing another world, even if the exposition stagnates. To do. If nothing else Lizzy’s story Thorough expression of the source. Like the original novel, this series is uneven, intermittently ridiculous, and heartbreakingly honest. It’s not a success, but it’s certainly something.

Lizzy’s story Is currently airing on Apple TV Plus, debuting in two episodes on June 4, and then airing one episode each week on Friday.