“Castle Rock” is a thriller that combines familiar themes and themes from Stephen King’s novel. We were able to get pre-release access to the first two episodes of the series and here’s their review. How do we rate “Castle Rock”, which will soon be available on HBO GO? Here is our forecast!
“Castle Rock” premiered the first four episodes on August 2 at HBO GO!
An ordinary morning in the small town of Castle Rock, a man who is going to work, says goodbye to a blind wife. However, instead of going to the city, the man goes to the forest. A rope is tied to one of the trees; its end forms a loop, which hangs on its neck. He presses the gas pedal to the top and the car falls from the escarpment to the quarry.
The submersible vehicle has a prison sticker. The beginning that says Beware! In this series, even the banalest day can end differently than you think. This inscription of the amazingness in everyday life, as you can judge in the first two episodes will be characteristic for the whole series: a simple inventory of the prison ends with finding a mysterious prisoner, an ordinary nightmare worth a nightmare from the worst night sleep, the ordinary town seems to be an evil arena.
Castel Rock “is a series that promises to be a treat and for lovers of Stephen King’s work and for ordinary serial lovers who like stronger emotions. For the first group, there will be associations resulting from scenes or themes known from the previous books of this author, as well as the appearance of our friends’ figures. Already from the very opening, we can draw full of handfuls and resemble motifs such as the numbers of rooms from “Shining”, the title of Cujo’s horror or fragments and titles from the King’s novel.
Let not those who do not know the work of the master of horror be worried. Maybe they will have less fun, but the same amount of strong impressions. King elder here in a subtle way, there is no shortage of jump scares, but the bulk of tension is the result of a very skillful camera work perfectly matched musical path, intriguing dialogues, invasions, and close-ups that hold the viewer’s attention in check. For now, there is no literalness here and I foresee that no one will give us answers to our questions.
The climate of the ghostly town is on the one hand deserted streets, not very friendly natives and looking for abandoned homes; on the other heroes, which they secretly carry in themselves become almost palpable. From Henry Deaver, who is associated with this place the tragic circumstances of his disappearance many years ago by his strange, eccentric mother, a former sheriff, acting as local Cassandra, Deaver’s friend from childhood sensing certain things, a mysterious prisoner who does not say a single word word outside of Deaver’s name.
Question marks – and rightly so – concentrate on the person of the boy found in the corners of the prison, only seems quite passive towards what is happening to him. At first, the boy looks like a victim of a sadist prison director, but then the signals he sends start to become increasingly intriguing and disturbing. His very presence on the screen, the way he looks at it, hews words and moves, or freezes in the act of behaving like the needles of a cold wind. Bill Skarsgard playing him attracts attention in a total way, you cannot take his eyes off him.
He emanates something supernatural and I am already looking forward to the exploitation of this Swedish actor, whose convergence of names with Stellan is by no means accidental. Andre Holland as Deaver, whose dark past seems to wait for a continuation, accompanies him. Interestingly promises to be a prison guard with a homely sounding name Zalewski, played by Noel Fisher, who when it comes to physical values resembles Giovanni Ribisi. Well, who knows what surprises are hidden in the soul of Deaver’s mother, Ruth played by the always-unobvious Sissy Spacek, an unforgettable performer of the main role in the King’s “Carrie”.
In summary – there is tension, climate, and mystery; there are great photos and good actors; there are a promising story and intriguing dialogues. Keep it up!