In this speculative historical thriller based on the book by Stephen King, a high school English teacher (James Franco) discovers a way to travel through time and seizes the opportunity to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, only to meet resistance from a timestream that doesn't like being meddled with.~Tom Ciampoli
This is a good to very good adaptation of a very long (as most know) book of the same title by Stephen King. It tells the story of a high school English teacher who has a chance to go back in time, to one specific day in 1960, to then live for three years in the past in order to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy.
Another take on Time Travel with some interesting twists, and an excellent setting to do it in - the mystery of JFK's assassination.
I have not yet had the pleasure of reading Stephen King's novel this show is adapted from - some have noted the book has key differences, but since I have not read it I can not speak for what those are.
For me the series was good as a standalone with a Time Travel aspect that is not explained, but is something that simply is stumbled upon. It seems to take the approach of a 'linear' world, rather than multiple branch time travel stories. The setting is also excellent, with great sets and design work to fit the period.
I found the book fascinating and wondered how it would transfer to the screen. All in all, I was fairly impressed. I would like to have seen the red Ford from the book, though, and I was caught off guard by how history was described as having changed after Kennedy's survival. Once I looked at the date the series was made (February 2016) and reread the book the reason for the difference became obvious: Stephen King's prophetic vision may prove too accurate for comfort. He wrote the book in 2012, well before the 2016 political rhetoric began to ramp up. I suspect that the idea that George Wallace would become president was far too close to what was already happening in the primaries to be able to be used without fear of libel. I think things would have been clearer if they had stuck closer to the original, but otherwise it was not a bad effort.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great adapatation, but its not a complete one
Okay, I gave this five stars, even though I have read the book and some things are definitely missing. Still, the show works incredibly well as constructed. A school teacher is given the opportunity to go back into time to stop the Kennedy assassination (hence the title, referring to the day of his murder). To tell more would ruin some incredible plot points. It's a Stephen King adaptation, but it is "thriller" not "horror" (and at times, more "drama" than anything else). You know where you are headed in the story, but the journey is great, and a satisfying payoff at the end. You won't be disappointed!
Let's face it, Stephen King's books are more suited to the mini-series than to the movie. Short stories like Maximum Overdrive don't have much of a problem, but otherwise there is just far too much to squeeze into a 2-3 hour movie. Enter 11-22-63, which took the book, and turned it into a miniseries instead of a movie, allowing for better plot development.
If you read the Stephen King novel, this mini-series should be sufficient. If you're a hardcore fan of the novel, then it might be a little disappointing. There's one huge difference here that takes away from the main character's persistence and ultimate journey to that fateful day. Still recommended though.