11 September 2018 | plasticanimalz
Had An Intriguing Start But Goes Nowhere Interesting
First of all, I do not get the impression the two creators of the show ever read a Stephen King book other than the synopsis on the back of some of his books. There is little elements of Stephen King in here or his books, other than keeping the names of certain buildings, and off-handedly mentioning things, here and there. I feel like the creators sold the idea on the interesting concept explored in the first episodes...but had no idea where it was going beyond that. It shows. You're intrigued at first and follow along despite the show being slow, because Bill Skarsgard is just so creepy, weird, and intriguing, and Sissy Spacek is great, and you feel like it's going somewhere...but then you realize, maybe it's not...and then eventually you don't care where it's going because it just seems like a ship adrift that doesn't know where it's going either.
Also, the main character, Henry is seriously out classed by his fellow actors which as the show goes along stands out more and more. You begin to wonder how the heck this guy was hired to lead a cast of Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynsky and other big name TV actors, and the excellent performance of new star Bill Skarsgard. I also was finding it hard to believe that every women he encounters seems to be throwing herself at him or flirting with him. He looks like he had a chest hair graft put on his face as a beard and it's very distracting. It eventually became all I could focus on when I saw him because his acting was so one-note. His character is also such a jerk, always angry, it is hard to believe why anyone would like him, including the audience. It's like the actor is stuck on one emotion the whole time which makes it really hard to follow him through most of the show.
I really got the impression the creators are big David Lynch fans and not Stephen King fans. But even David Lynch could follow a steady, engaging plot the majority of the time and was great at creating mood. The mood in this show is also one-note. There's simply no depth. No evolvement. The people think it's a crap town from the beginning of the show and it only gets worse. Why? The town looks cute. It's Maine. Maine is beautiful. It just didn't make much sense and didn't seem to be going anywhere worth going.