Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Stand 2020 vs. The Stand 1994

Comparing the 2020 CBS All Access miniseries of Stephen King's most popular novel, The Stand, to the 1994 ABC miniseries of the same novel, I like the 1994 version a little better.
The original series doesn't look as good. It looks like it was filmed in the 1980s or the 1970s.
Despite the new series having a higher production quality, I have a few problems with it. The pacing starts out really slow. It takes longer to tell the same story. However, it redeems itself in the last three episodes which are really good. The final episode is nothing but epilogue, but very intriguing.
My biggest problem with the new series is the adult content. There is quite a bit of nudity and other mature content, which can be okay, but I don't think that it works here. There is so much of it that it serves as a distraction, and doesn't seem to add much to the story. Perhaps if they had toned it down a little then it would have worked better.
Both miniseries tell a very good story. The original had a kind of creepy tone that worked well, and I think that the characters were better.

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