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I felt this could have done with a bit more backstory - it teased the mystery of Ted without ever really giving us anything to latch on to. His character's psychic ability was almost a deus ex machina at times. Especially curious were the rare occasions when it seemed he had imbued his talent into Bobby, but then nothing ever came of it.

I did find it charming, if slightly soppy, but I'd like to have learned more and been given a little more substance. Also, it kind of felt like Hopkins was phoning it in a bit, which was a shame, because everyone else played a blinder.

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@silverhawkins said:

I felt this could have done with a bit more backstory - it teased the mystery of Ted without ever really giving us anything to latch on to. His character's psychic ability was almost a deus ex machina at times. Especially curious were the rare occasions when it seemed he had imbued his talent into Bobby, but then nothing ever came of it.

I did find it charming, if slightly soppy, but I'd like to have learned more and been given a little more substance. Also, it kind of felt like Hopkins was phoning it in a bit, which was a shame, because everyone else played a blinder.

Obligatory question: Have you read the book? If not, you are in for a treat. It not only has Ted's background explained, but you'll find out that this movie is barely 25% of King's original. You'll get 4 beautiful, interconnected stories, only one of which is dealing with Ted. Not only that, but the book is exceptional in its style - I think it's on par with King's epics, such as IT, The Stand, The Dark Tower, etc. HiA is one of the masterpieces of modern literature for sure.

For bonus points, you'll find Ted as a character in other books from King as well, and also his backstory is way more complex than what is revealed in HiA.

So to get the full picture, you should read (in this order):

The Talisman

The Dark Tower 1-4

Black House (the sequel for The Talisman)

The Dark Tower 5-7

BTW I remember absolutely HATING this movie in 2000, I saw it directly after I read HiA and it was just very disappointing to see this intriguing book mutilated like that. But I guess for an individual who is not familiar with the book, it at least does the job of piquing their interest. So if only one person is reading the mentioned books because of this movie... it's a win :-)

Thanks for this generous answer. I haven't yet read the book although I certainly will now it's been recommended so highly. I do usually enjoy SK's writing, but his books tend to be so long and there's such limited time to read... I don't want to suggest I disliked this film, because I did find it quite moving in a simplistic way, it just lacked substance. As you say, hopefully I'll find that in the book!

@silverhawkins said:

I don't want to suggest I disliked this film, because I did find it quite moving in a simplistic way, it just lacked substance. As you say, hopefully I'll find that in the book!

I'm certain you will!

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