Fear the Reaper!
This is right up there, in the upper tier of King’s filmography. It is one of his best mini-series. Though we experience a wide range of emotions, this is, first and foremost, one of his saddest novel adaptations. It is the quintessential apocalyptic film, but with a dominant supernatural angle. It’s about one percent of the population surviving and being separated in two groups; good and evil.
You couldn’t do the story justice with a feature film. Making an epic was the way to go. It’s a tale that must simmer to have its full effect. The casting is stellar. Shooting landscapes in a way to simulate a post-apocalyptic world the way Mick Garris did must’ve taken extra effort and ingenuity. This is one of his best productions. The dialogue and photography, though, have their ups and downs.
This picture has a touching and perfectly suited soundtrack. The score is immersive. The Stand is an adventure. The way it polarizes two teams, like oil and water; vignette by vignette, is astonishing. There’s a myriad of characters, and the story is easy to follow regardless. It’s about friends, lovers, enemies, about hope, despair, war, sickness and death. It’s a hearth-breaking tale. Enjoy!