Okay, I admit this. I haven’t read one Stephen King novel. Never read Carrie, never read the Shining, never read Dead Zone. It’s not that I am a King snob, or think his writing is bad. How can I? I have not read the man and this is something that certainly needs to change.
Even though I have never read King, this does not mean, that I am not a fan, because the man has certainly written enough books, that have made millions for him, through Hollywood, whether it be a movie or a television series. Mostly, movies. I have watched a lot of his books turned into movies, The Original Dead Zone, The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, and the Shining are are fine examples. All of which had made me realize that King’s stuff, when put into the correct hands is gold. He’s an interesting writer, because King’s material is a little horror, a little Sci Fi and a whole lot of thriller and mystery. He definitely knows how to weave a plot and come up with something that will keep you wanting more.
All this talk of Stephen King, leads me to a series that came out last February called 11.22.63. A few weeks back I stumbled upon the trailer and filed it away for the future. Today, I decided to watch some Seinfeld on Hulu and I saw the trailer again. I was curious and found myself sucked into the first two episodes. I found it a very intriguing, interesting idea.
The title for 11.22.63 is significant to the story, because it is the day before JFK was assassinated. As you can tell the story revolves around that time period. The story takes place in Lisbon Maine and stars James Franco and Chris Cooper. Franco plays English Teacher Jake Epping, who is friends with Al Templeton(Chris Cooper), who runs the local diner. The Premise is simple. Templeton develops cancer and when Franco confronts him about it, Templeton reveals a deep dark secret in the diner, which may or may not have caused his cancer. In a closet at the back of the diner is a rabbit hole(Time Portal)which takes Epping back to October 1960, the year Kennedy is elected. Templeton realizes he hasn’t much time left and talks Epping into finishing his work, which is to prevent the JFK assassination.
I’ve watched two episodes so far, but the story is compelling enough to assure me that I want to go further and see what happens. The acting in 11.22.63 is very solid. The writing and storyline well crafted. James Franco, doesn’t do too much and he doesn’t need to. He keeps Epping fairly cerebral. Chris Cooper is great as his mentor and friend Al Templeton. If you haven’t checked this nugget out, it’s worth a look. I’d be curious to see what others think.