In crime on December 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Bag of Bones – TV Miniseries – is taken from a  1998 Stephen King book of the same title, directed by Mike Garris with Pierce Brosnan, Annabeth Gish and Anika Noni Rose, screenplay by Matt Venne.

I have just finished watching the first part and am glad is over.

Frankly, I struggled to reach the end.

Half way into the story, I was finding the attempts to create a supernatural aura ridiculous.

“One for yes, two for no,” Mike Noonan says in his attempt to believe his wife’s ghost is still lingering and so the scrambling letters on the fridge moving about on their own volition and the telephones ringing and Bunter the moose with the bell around his neck are nothing but third class attempts to create something that’s been done millions of times before.

I also didn’t enjoy the gorgeous young woman turning into femme fatale, another cliché, or the attempt to make an ageing and over-weight Pierce Brosnan into a sexy main character. Please, spare us the open shirt.

Nothing can save a tired and uninventive screenplay let alone pulling all the wrong stops.

The story itself is trite and uninteresting with mediocre characters. It gave me the impression of someone, either the director, the screenwriter or even King himself, trying to re-create an infinitely more successful one and references like, “I’m your number one fan,” and “I leave you with your Annie,” aren’t funny, but just a scary prelude to what is to come.

I have no idea whether the book was any better, but if the miniseries is anything to go by, this isn’t Misery and Stephen King certainly wasn’t at his best when he wrote it.

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