The Mist

“the long walk” is my favorite stephen king story, but “the mist” is a close second. so i was prepped and ready to hate the film version when i went to see it this weekend. surprisingly, my preparation was in vain. king translates well to the screen only rarely, but i’m glad this is one of those times. the script is tight and remains focused where it should — as a study of fear and how easily society can break down. the monsters are largely effective, and a few are exactly what i had always imagined them to be. the acting was great (the character of ollie in particular).

there’s a lot of talk about the ending, which i won’t blatantly spoil here. my feelings on the film’s final moments are complicated, but here’s what i believe the theme of it is — at the end, a person walks into the mist to face the scariest thing imaginable. however, what comes for them is so much worse than anything they could have imagined. when i think of it like that, i appreciate it more… and despite king’s approval of the new ending, part of me still misses the ambiguous ending of the original story. if anyone else has seen it… what’d you think?

The Mist (2007)

3 Responses to The Mist

  1. Bloody Mary says:

    This movie was so satisfying. I can’t remember the last time I walked out of a horror movie at the theater and wasn’t disappointed. It was fun to see it with an audience that was enjoying it, too.

    I was knocked out by the ending. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King, but somehow I skipped this one, so I can’t make comparisons. I don’t know how the book ended.

    You reminded me that I need to get my rear in gear and finish my review. It will be at the “homepage” link below. I’ll continue my ramblings there so I don’t leave a spoiler on your page!

  2. Shep says:

    I realize I’m a day late and a dollar short here, but here’s my thoughts on The Mist.

    I’m really glad Darabont made this, as I think if anyone else had, the ending would have stunk. One thing you’ll notice about the Stephen King films is that, often times, the end is not the defining moment of the film. He likes the journey to be most of the fun and a satisfying climatic ending doesn’t really present itself well.

    For example, in Shawshank Redemption, you see all this bad stuff happening to the main character. You know he’ll eventually figure out how to overcome it, but that isn’t really the point of the film.

    The Mist is the same way. The story weaves in and out around the standard monster-movie tripe, and along the way creates the subtext of what’s really going on. Darabont could have easily ended with anything, I think, but he decided to put an exclamation point on the overall statement of the film.

    That exclamation point had me leaving the theatre with a little unnerved, and so, one would say that filmmaker’s were successful in their efforts.

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