Castle Rock Is Binge-Worthy New Show And You’re Welcome
Where do I begin with Castle Rock? Should I start with naming the awesome talented actors that are in the new Hulu mystery series? Cause there are plenty of those. Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Noel Fisher, Terry O’Qinn and so much more.
Should I start by telling you that Castle Rock is based on characters and settings from the stories of Stephen King? Cause it’s true. Should I start by saying that one of the set pieces is Shawshank State Penitentiary? Yeah… That Shawshank…. Or should I tell you that Jane Levi’s character Diane “Jackie” Torrance is the niece of Jack Torrance? Yup. That Jack Torrance.
Castle Rock has intertwining colorful characters and mix of scenes that are set in the present and in the past, when all of the mysteries in Castle Rock began. It has actors that has become a cult figures in Stephen King’s cinematic universe. The original Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is there and so is the latest Pennywise clown (Bill Skarsgård), and they’re both incredible I might add.
But what I most admire about this series is the slow paced development of everything. Of the plot, of the mysteries unfolding, of the character development… Just when you thought you’ve figured out what the hell is going on in one episode, incomes another that keeps you in the dark and in a constant confused state of mind. Some of the characters have the Shining, and some of the are so evil that it’s best to not even touch them.
You’ll find yourself with question marks all around your head while binge watching the show, and you’ll impatiently wait for the next episode to be released next week. There are 6 aired episodes, and I’m 4 short of finding out who The Kid really is. Or should I say… What is he is… What’s so frightening about him that required for him to be locked away from the rest of the world in an underground cage.
The direction and writing is superb, and the cinematography is outstandingly in line with the tone of Stephen King’s style. After watching last year’s It, I was pleasantly surprised of the lack of jump scares in Castle Rock. Not cheap shots, no easy trick. Just plain old suspense and mystery done right.
With my boy sick with high fever, I spent the better part of Friday in bed, binging on Castle Rock and if you were to do the same, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s that good. Oh… And you’re welcome BTW.