The first time I saw this was back in 94 when I was 12 years old. At the time I thought it was great. It wasn't until the 2000's before I saw it again and I have re-watched it from time to time.
The first two hours holds up well for me. I always enjoy seeing the start of any plague movie or TV miniseries. It's interesting to see what unfolds in the story. By today's standards, The Stand might seem too timid or slow to build to anything. For me, I enjoy watching what happens around these characters and how they react. Seeing entire society crumble before you is pretty cool.
Where the Stand starts to fall apart is when more focus is put on good vs evil. Good vs evil is really the main plot of the story. It really all goes down hill around the two hour mark. That's when the plague story ends. Not only that, the story starts to fall apart, characters begin to get annoying, the acting seems to get worse and worse, jumps in the story start to happen, continuity is poor and the excitement is over. It started out as a story that could have gone anywhere and then pigeon holes itself.
Overall, I think it's worth a watch, but don't be surprised if your interest in the miniseries wanes.
It's impossible to review this film without talking about M. Night's film history. Everyone by now knows the story. He made one absolutely amazing film, two great follow ups and a bunch of missteps after that. Depending on how you view this film, it's either a return to form or another piece of crap from a once bright talent.
It has all the makings of a good movie and a lot of people seem to enjoy the film. It has a compelling story, tension, creepy characters, a straight forward plot and all the things people loved about M Night films.
On the other hand, it has plenty of all the things people hate about later M. Night films. Basically, this movie is a full length feature of the scene in the Happening, where the three main characters meet the old lady. Take Mark Wahlberg's and Zoey Deschanel's characters and turn them into children. Take the crazy old lady and give her a crazy husband and make a film out of that situation in the happening. Two odd characters that do and say odd things, stuck with two crazy people. Add in a found footage style movie and that's the Visit.
This has to be one of the worst movies to ever grace the TV. So the plot is about a guy who has a reputation for tornado warnings that don't happen but has now perfected his weather warning system while his daughter that he has pushed away is following him cause shes a reporter, also he has storm chasers following him...No one is expecting a TV movie to be the greatest movie ever, if it was that good it would be in the theatres, but this takes bad TV movies to a whole new level, I actually think most of the budget was spent making said hole...Cameras constantly change in quality, tornados come out of nowhere, with no rain, no lightning, no thunder, the sky changes from bright to dark in one shot then back to light in 2 seconds, cgi is something you'd expect to see in 1993, an f5 tornado cannot even blow off shelter doors but it can overturn cars, stock footage from real life tornados is used. Nothing make sense, nothing is done right, there's no continuity, there's no scientific fact used. Some how a man can predict a storm is coming at 435 the next day and its destruction path. This is just horrible, and if anyone likes this movie, someone help you!
This like many shows and movies brings back many memories of Christmas when I was a kid. This special aired in 87 when I was 5 and I am now 24, and to this day I still love this xmas special. Its always nice to remember xmas's from years ago just by watching a show or a movie. The first time I watched this Im pretty sure was the first time it aired on TV, my sister and I watched it Dec 24th, and i remember for at least a few years it aired on Dec 24th, and I remember it well when it didn't come on the next Dec24th, and thats been at least 15 years...Though it did come on many times it was never the same, it would come on early in the month, it would b edited to rat sh!t, just like this DVD release, I would never buy it cause it wouldn't be the same, but if your someone who can deal with about 10mins of edits, then buy it, cause its still a great xmas special..Heres a few of the edits, Most if not all the musical numbers, which do come on TV, I guess the musical #'s are copyrighted for TV, Fozzie bear's and the snowman telling jokes, Miss piggy falling on the steps, Most of the muppet babies, and much more...Though I have found this on the internet, with all of it intact, but it looks like someone taped it from years ago and put it on the internet for download...Though its not the same as I was a kid, every time I watch on my computer it brings back floods of great memories, and to me thats more important.