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1922 – Review


Release Date: 20 October 2017 [Netflix - USA]
Director: Zak Hilditch
Writer: Stephen King [Novel] - Zak Hilditch [Screenplay]
Cast: Thomas Jane - Molly Parker - Dylan Schmid

Posted November 26, 2017 by

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1922 Review:

As someone who is not a fan of the horror genre, simply because they are a big chicken, I decided to try watching movie 1922, which is based on a short story by Stephen King. I went into this with little knowledge of the nature of the story and having only seen one King adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption, I figured I would be in for an interesting night. 1922 stars Thomas Jane as Wilfred, who lives on a ranch in Nebraska with his teenage son, Henry (Dylan Schmid) , and his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker). Wilfred and Arlette are in an unhappy part of their marriage, and Arlette is looking to divorce, sell the ranch, and take their son to Omaha. Wilfred and Henry conspire and kill Arlette as she begins the process of selling, thus throwing us into the meat of the plot.

Thomas Jane puts on arguably his best performance ever as Wilfred, who through the course of the movie commands the screen you are watching on. Wilfred slowly becomes a damaged and guilty man, and it eats him alive from the inside out. The psychological damage that Wilfred suffers from is evident and is more realistic than I have seen in years past. The performance is raw as hell from start to finish.

The director and screenwriter Zak Hilditch does a great job of pulling you into the aesthetic and the structure of the time period in the midwest. It is very calming to look at, and almost becomes a character itself in the story. The wells and foundation of the home give off a very dark and ominous sensation, while the sunsets shine behind the cornfields waving in the wind show the lovelier side of living in the midwest during the 1920’s. Something stuck out to me when I noticed this though. In comparison to this film being driven by the messed up psyche and the guilt of Wilfred, it makes me wonder if the house was dreary on purpose compared to the rest of the land. If you think about it, could the worn down house that is in need of repair, and is crawling with rats and other things run amuck be a visual representation of what Wilfred was feeling on the inside?

The movie burns slowly, with some of the timing becoming very choppy, but Hilditch could not have broadened the short story any more without making at least a 3 hour movie. In the end, I was frightened out of my mind, but I was satisfied with the psychological thriller I received. 1922 will make the viewer think a lot harder into the realities of the extent people will go to just to get what they want. I reccomend this movie more as a psychological thriller and a horror movie as it deals with the paranormal and human will and wit. It is pretty amazing and interesting to see someone completely normal on the outside to completely insane. I believe 1922 will become a go-to movie on Netflix, as it continues the long list of Stephen King adaptations that have graced 2017.


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Amelia Borger
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