dth=”295″ height=”400″ />Stephen King… What can I say about the man? I have been a fan of his work in both the written form and the movies that have been made that are based on his books for literally decades… Pretty much from the first time I saw, The Stand (1994), up to the present, with such masterpieces in both the written and movie forms as the Christine, Firestarter, Carrie, etc!
Now you maybe wondering why I am mentioning this, well simply put, a few years ago, as a gift, my Dad gave me a book of four short story novellas called 4 past midnight, and in it there was a novella that I really liked and had always thought should have been made in to a movie called (Secret Window Secret Garden)…
Well needless to say I came to discover later on when I saw the movie, The Langoliers (1995), that this movie was based on one of the novellas from that book, but no big screen adaption of Secret Window Secret Garden!
That is why I am glad that I discovered that this novella had been made in to a big screen movie back in 2004!
Written and Directed by David Koepp (Spider-Man). Starring Johnny Depp (A Nightmare On Elm Street), John Turturro (Barton Fink), Maria Bello (Assault On Precinct 13), Timothy Hutton (Betrayed), Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3).
Secret Window tells the story of Morton Rainey (Depp). At one time Morton Rainey was a very successful writer, but has recently fallen in to a a slump, and pretty much has not written a word since he had a breakdown upon discovering that his wife Amy (Bello) had been cheating on him with a man by the name of Ted Milner (Hutton).
Now Morton has become almost a kind of hermit in that he lives alone at his mountain cabin (with the exception of his dog to keep him company), he sleeps to much, does almost no work, his cabin is a mess, and is going through a messy divorce… Basically this guys life is in shambles and is not getting any better!
That is until the day when a man by the name of of John Shooter (Turturro), a man from the south who has come to Mr. Rainey’s lonely Cabin in the woods claiming that one of Morton’s first short stories was actually a plagerization of a manuscript that Shooter had written…
Well at first Morton is pretty certain that this is not the case (especially since the date of the publication of Morton’s short story was a few years before Shooters…) But Morton begins to get curious about all of this as Shooter begins to get more and more aggressive in his attempts to get Mr. Rainey to read his script…
Now with Shooter becoming violent in his quest to get Morton Rainey to admit that the story that made Rainey famous was a bastardized version of his manuscript. Morton begins down a path that he will never be able to return from, as he frantically searches for the proof that his short story was the first one, and that this lunatic John Shooter was actually plagiarizing Rainey’s work!
Now what I like about this movie is a couple of things:
1. I really liked Johnny Depp as Morton Rainey and Timothy Hutton as Ted Milner… You see when I was a reading the original novella, I always had it in mind as one of my choices for a Morton Rainey being Johnny Depp, and for Ted Milner, being Timothy Hutton (that is of course if they had made the novella in to a movie!)
2. I also thought that I would mention Charles S. Dutton. Now Charles S. Dutton has been one a my favorite actors of all time, pretty much since I saw him on the TV show, ‘Roc’ back in the early 90s… I have seen quite a few things with him in it since then, and rather he is playing a serious role, or a role meant to be almost funny, he does an excellent job in every role, so much that even when he plays a bad guy (you almost secretly want him to win!)
3. As far as novel to big screen goes, of course there is always inconsistencies between the two, but in this movie (like most of the movies based on Stephen King’s work,) the changes are moot, and in my opinion don’t hinder the quality of this movie!
4. The last thing that I thought that I would mention about this movie that I thought that you guys might find to be rather fascinating is the fact that this is not the first time that Timothy Hutton and Charles S. Dutton have been in Stephen King movies, seeing as how the first movie that Charles S. Dutton ever did was the anthology movie, Cat’s Eye (1985) with Drew Barrymore (Scream), and Timothy Hutton did Dark Half (1993), with Amy Madigan (Uncle Buck).
Well folks if your looking for a Stephen King classic to enjoy, then if you get a chance, you might wanna check this one out, it is, dare I say it… AWESOME!