well...it's far better than any garris directed movie...that said, it is just an Ok movie, for me, at best.
there were moments of tension, but too much of it layed flat...teague was just not seasoned enough a director to get the performance that the king story required and the screenwriter did not do a very good job, imho, of catching kings unique voice...thus, too much caricture instead of deep acting...and this is a story that cries out for almost every role, even cujo, to bare its emotional teeth: there are reasons why things happen
the book as i rememebr, was a bit of a nail-biter...it built up tension and horror slowly, in the very best sense
it is a story that lives in, as someone said, a nihilistic world ..a world we all know exists, but try hard to escape: it dwells there and takes us down for a horrific ride
that is the horror of the story: knowing what is likely to happen, unable to anything about it
and the end..what can i say...to 'hollywood-ize' the ending is a travesty...not nearly as bad as darabonts mischief, but on that level of complete misunderstanding what the heck is going on: it panders in a way kings story does not
but, at no point, was i ever so bored to death, as i am with nearly every garris work, to just turned the damned thing off
worth a look if on the cheap rental rack, but that's about it
but, if you want to be scared...read the book...