Dolan’s Cadillac

LONG BEACH— Stephen King can write a thriller. And sometimes these are translated into great movies.

Dolan's Cadillac - Stephen KingThe other night I visited a screening of this latest Stephen King novel turned silver screen production. With screening issues aside, I must say, the movie was a bit of a disappointment.

Editing and possible reshooting of some parts will be needed but the film really lost me when it couldn’t decide if it was a suspense, drama, or comedy. And in each of these genres the film did not excel.

Christian Slater stars in the role of Jimmy Dolan, the sinister, flesh peddler based in Sin City. He manned the role with the skill and precision of an average bench player on a below average baseball team. Stephen King can write a mean character, but it takes the right actor to portray such a character. Perhaps the final production will present Jimmy Dolan in a more frightening light.

The story is a classic revenge tail set in the South West of America. It follows the troubled mind of a wounded soul as he attempts to avenge the death of a loved one. The director used an interesting method to portray Robinson’s decent into madness. In the initial screening the method didn’t come across well, but the potential was there.

The trouble with a Stephen King novel turned film is it typically doesn’t live up to the hopes of the viewer. There are certainly some fantastic examples of success, but they are counter balanced by a long list of lack luster flicks.

I’m interested to see what the final version of this film looks like. Certainly it will be improved. I’m also curious as to how they market the movie.


One thought on “Dolan’s Cadillac

  1. You’re entirely correct about how Stephen King stuff translates to film. They’ve almost all been pretty lame. I put The Langoliers on my short list of all-time worst movies. The best was Shawshank Redemption in 1994.

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