Stephen King's epic apocalyptic thriller The Stand is brought to television as a four part miniseries. When a plague wipes out 99% of the population a series of survivors receive mysterious dreams calling them to Boulder, Colorado, to begin anew, but a rival community rises up in Las Vegas led by the demonic Randall Flagg. Featuring Gary Sinise, Laura San Giacomo, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Shawnee Smith, Matt Frewer, and Ed Harris, the cast is quite impressive. Yet the performances aren't very good, and neither are the production values. The storytelling's also rather weak, failing to capture the dyer tone of this apocalyptic tale. The Stand clearly has an ambitious vision, but it's unable to deliver on it.
This series starts REALLY slow. Almost too slow. I kept watching, though, and at times it was quite brilliant.
A super-flu wipes out the population, leaving only few to wander towards a woman called Mother Abigail, who appears to them in their dreams.
Of course there are others, and they are being beckoned forward by someone else entirely...
The further the story progressed, the more it had some sort of... religious undertones. About God, and about the Devil, I think. My mind couldn't keep track of everything that was being implied, and the plot itself grew thinner all the time; it took time for anything to happen, the build-up was ridiculously long, and the very end of the series was bizarre and a disappointment.
Some of the characters seemed to be tripping or just insane, and the rest seemed to be happy to rely on some greater power out there to guide them through their challenges.
All in all, if I would have to describe this series with one word, it would be "slow". Too slow for me, anyway. The story was good, somewhere out there, but it was drowned by the mundane, strange things that went on.
It's one of my favourite mini-series of all times. For this, I'd like to write a review about the awards and nominations for Stephen King's The Stand.
1994 Casting Society of America
>>Won – Best Mini Series Casting: Lynn Kressel 1994 Emmy Awards
>> Won – Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special:
Steve Johnson, Bill Corso, David Dupuis, Joel Harlow, Camille Calvet – Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries or a Movie:
Grand Maxwell, Michael Ruschak, Richard Schexnayder, Don Summer >> Nominated – Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries, Or Movie:
Nelson Coates, Burton Rencher, Michael Perry, Susan Benjamin – Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie: Edward J. Pei – Outstanding Miniseries: Richard P. Rubinstein, Stephen King, Mitchell Galin, Peter R. McIntosh – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore): W.G. Walden 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards
>> Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Gary Sinise
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