“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?