Film adaptations of Stephen King’s creations have a chequered history.
Thankfully, Netflix’s 1922 falls into the first category.
1922 follows Wilfred James, played by Thomas Jane, who decides to murder his wife with the help of his son Henry, played by Dylan Schmid, to stop her from selling her portion of their farm and move to the city.
We then get to watch Wilfred go slowly mad as the weight of his guilt starts to grow increasingly unbearable.
The story is basically a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s 1843 short story The Tell-Tale Heart but it’s pulled off so well that it’s easy to overlook the borderline plagiarism.
This is helped by incredible performances from all actors.
Jane is absolutely stunning as Wilfred James and you can almost feel the grit every time he’s on screen. Fun fact: this is Jane’s third lead role in a King adaptation, the other being 2003’s Dreamcatcher and 2007’s The Mist.
Schmid is also effective as the son and you can’t help but sympathise with him. Even though he helps his father commit horrible crimes, it’s clear from the beginning that he’s just a naive boy being manipulated by those around him which makes his arc more tragic than anything.
It’s not just the acting that sells this film and props should definitely go to the director and cinematography team. There are plenty of scenes in 1922 that are sure to stick with you long after it ends. The director and cinematography team are also to be commended on a job well done.
1922 is easily one of the better King adaptations to come out and is definitely a must-see.