Thursday, October 24, 2013

10 Days of Stephen King: The Mist

Day 3 of the 10 DAYS OF STEPHEN KING is upon us!  Today we review one of King's most chilling tales...THE MIST.  Enjoy!


The Mist is a really great movie filled with great performances, including the deepest performance Thomas Jane has ever committed to film. The film is nerve racking in the best way and, much like the novella of the same title, is a study of society and how it breaks down on a macroscopic scale. But, if you're watching it in color you're watching it wrong.

When I first purchased and watched the film I watched the color version and thought it a fair adaptation of the novella. Then I watched it a second time in black and white. Which is Frank Darabont's original intention and it's a brilliant decision. The film was already shot in high contrast color. But in the black and white the mist itself becomes more enveloping, more dangerous, more of a character of it's own. The situation of society crumbling in a grocery store becomes bleaker and more surreal. Over all the film just becomes more intense. But, don't take my word for it go out and buy the two disc special edition blu-ray or DVD today and throw out the first disc.

Paul's Rating:  Color version 7/10      B&W 9/10

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