Featuring fine supporting performances by an evil Josh Duhamel, a perverse T. R. Knight, and a sly Cherry Jones in addition to the aforementioned Cooper and Gadon, 11.22.63 is the kind of fantasy realism that any sort of viewer can latch onto and find something to be intrigued and moved by.
Amazing show, amazing characters, amazing story! The only bad thing about it was... that's a mini series, i just can't remember the last show that left me thinking "I want more, i want them to announce a second season" I hope Hulu finds a way to bring 11.22.63 season 2 to the fans, it's almost impossible because the last episode doesn't left more things to tell but... It's not the first mini series that turns out to be a complete TV Show. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it right NOW! You'll thank me later!
There is so much original programming out there that famous names, shiny plots, and a solid twist may be enough to keep a show from getting trampled, but they are not enough to keep it from getting lost in the fray--especially when a show, as with 11.22.63, is awkward and flat, never matching the promise of its premise.
The resulting eight-part miniseries is an uneven affair, at times feeling as if it’s meandering through history en route to its frantic closing kick--a “Twilight Zone” episode, stretched and kneaded to wring more out of it, while making up the rules as it goes along.
JJ Abrams meets Stephen King. Expectations are high and met! Acting, great. Pace, great. Surprises per hour factor is solid. Would I do what the main character did? Yes. Sweet finish? Very. The format is like the top British shows, not many episodes, but top quality throughout.
Translating books to the screen has always been a difficult task where many have failed, and this is especially true when it comes to Stephen king’s books. In my humble opinion, 11/22/63 isn’t different. As an avid king fan and one who perceives 11/22/63 to be one of the best books of the decade so far, I was fairly disappointed with the series. It felt like an over-simplified, even childish version of the book, where the writer obviously enjoyed straying (sometimes too far) from the original story. Ok, so you can’t really contain a 1000-page book into a mini-series without losing some of the plot, and changing some of it in the name of artistic freedom can be great, but doing it too much takes away the original feel - the plot in the show felt like the skeleton of king’s book dressed in different clothing. A clone. Where is the past that doesn’t want to be changed, which in the book actually feels like a character by itself and in the show is only a shadow of a hint? Where are the beautiful side stories, where Jake goes back and forth in time to experiment with cause and consequence? Where is king’s beautiful description of the sounds, smells and feel of jumping back in time by going through the diner’s pantry? It all feels rushed, and the excuse of “something has to go when translating a book to the screen” just doesn’t cut it for me. Too many times while watching the show I asked myself “but why he/she will do that?” and then found myself remembering the actual reasons that were explained in the book and were never mentioned in the show.
On the other hand, the production value of the show is quite high, acting is excellent and the sets are very reliable in presenting a 60’s feel. It’s just that the plot has been reduced and changed to make something that is too different than and too less of the original story. Disappointing.
Une série très intéressante pendant les 3 premiers épisodes ou plutôt pendant les 2 premiers, puis un 3ème qui commence à tituber dangereusement... et après, bah après, c'est la dégringolade...
Pourtant, voyage dans le temps + Kennedy, ça laissait augurer quelques belles heures de complot sur l'une des plus grandes énigmes du 20ème siècle. Avec un brin de fantastique en prime puisque c'est tiré d'un bouquin de Stephen King... J'ignore totalement si le livre en question est aussi daubé mais peu importe...
Ce qui importe, c'est la série qui ne suit que de très loin le complot et se perd au fil des épisodes dans la niaiserie et le violon de bas étage. Monsieur le voyageur temporel se fait en effet le défenseur de la veuve et de l'orphelin et perd son temps dans une guimauve pathétique... et pourtant on a ici que 9 épisodes dont 6 qui se traînent lamentablement jusqu'à la fin téléphonée.
James Franco demeure un brave gars qui fait ce qu'il peut et la jolie blonde platine au sourire Colgate est très... jolie (je la recommanderai pour la prochaine pub Garnier ou L'Oréal d'ailleurs) mais si on veut du bon voyage à rebours, on se tournera vers le film L'Effet Papillon et si on veut du complot, vers l'excellent film-fleuve d'Oliver Stone... JFK.
Very disappointing like most of King's adaptations. James Franco is miscast as Jake, the story feels extremely rushed, and it deviates from King's novel so much that it turns a somber meditation on the ills of America over the last 50 years to a Back to the Future remake. If you're going to change a novel (like Kubrick did with the Shining) --by all means create your own art--but don't minimize it by making a joke out of it. Awful.