Long version tiring; short version absolutely brilliant! (by mtobin-2)
When I first saw this movie I must've been in just the proper mood for seeing a film,--especially this one! That night I had a dream in which I was "informed" that Stephen King got this story from a paranormal source - ufo occupants! I never thought of the Max Von Sydow role as "the devil," but just a disgruntled old man who'd discovered that his new town was under the haunt of a paranormal flap during which his vicious tricks actually worked, and/or he was capable of mesmerizing and manipulating the townsfolk. I find stories about the traditional "devil" <more>
tiresome, but this story was electrifying; I was "buzzing" when I came out of the theater! Brilliantly edited down from a much longer version that took a whole lot of wasted time explaining things that didn't need explaining, it allowed the viewer's brain to be stimulated into filling in the details, and it didn't take a genius to see what was going on here! I'm giving it a "10"-rating because I can watch this movie over and over again and never get tired of it---my one criterion for a "10"-rating!
I thought it was a good movie , but I haven't read the book . (by Mgliognv)
I am a Stephen King fan and I have to say this movie wasn't bad at all .I have to admit I haven't read the book yet and It was a mistake if I see the reactions from other comments .But since I haven't read the book , I can't compare the stories . The story was very good , although it wasn't fantastic compared with the book I can imagine.What I liked in this movie was the professionalism the movie was made with : not to cheap , GOOD ACTING Max von sydow was good but not always convincing he was not scary at all , more a sweet old man but maybe that was the point but <more>
still the metamorphose wasn't clear enough , Ed Harris is a good actor and played his role well in my opinion , and Bonnie his wife acted also quite good , the smaller roles were played convincingly. The problem in many SK movies is the terrible acting in my opinion but that was here no problem.If you haven't read the book and you can appreciate Stephen King's work , this won't disappoint you.I will give it a 7/10 because I thought it was one of the better Stephen King movies and I very much enjoyed watching it .
Another Stephen King movie, I'm getting bored... No! Please don't get me wrong! It's just: lately there's ALWAYS one of his movies in the theater! There pretty good, but it's too much! But anyway, NEEDFUL THINGS is an exciting movie, I have invented a word for it: it's "splashable". That means, it's quite good. Like all the novels of King, the story is original as usual , and the music is excellent. MAX VON SYDOW plays an the bad guy. He's a great actor. He performed a "splashable" good work as the priest in THE EXORCIST also with LINDA <more>
BLAIR from BEDROOM EYES II . ED HARRIS, we all know him as the general from THE ROCK, plays the cop, and BONNIE BEDELIA the wife of John McClane in DIE HARD I & II plays ED's wife. Yes, it's a good movie, but it's not the best of King.
Good movie that gets a lotta criticism (by Ivan Ravenous)
This movie for me was a lot like 'The Shining'. I loved the book 'The Shining' and I loved the movie. I saw 'Needful Things' and loved it, then I read the book. Although, like 'The Shining', the book and movie are vastly different, I loved each of them.It gets a little dopey at the end, but Max von Sydow's performance was magnificent, and Ed Harris is great as usual.I read a review on IMDB which claims that the film doesn't have any humour or comic relief, which I don't understand. I thought that there were a lot of funny parts.Obviously, being a <more>
movie based on a Stephen King book, it's not for everyone, but if you like Max von Sydow and/or Ed Harris, I'd recommend checking it out for them alone.
I've always enjoyed watching this movie. (by Boba_Fett1138)
As an horror lover I never have been a too big fan of Stephen King or his horror movie adaptations, since I find his work to be very formulaic but I've always enjoyed watching this pleasant light little movie.Without its fun the movie probably would had been a really terrible picture. If the movie had been all serious some of the moments within the movie for sure would not had worked out and would had been painfully bad and laughable instead. But it's as if the movie had foreseen this and went with an often light and pleasant approach instead. The movie never takes itself too serious, <more>
for which you can also thank director Fraser Clarke Heston, who indeed is the son of screen legend Charlton Heston.The movie has a good story, in which the devil in flesh, played by Max von Sydow, is setting people up against each other by letting them perform tasks for them, so they can get their 'needful' thing from him. The story is nicely constructed and build up and shows a different but interesting portrayal of the devil, as a man who uses people their own sins to set them up against each other and let them commit horrible acts, without ever getting dirty hands himself.The movie has a pretty amazing cast with actors such as Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Amanda Plummer and J.T. Walsh all involved. Von Sydow plays a great role and so does Ed Harris, though for a 'main hero' he just doesn't have quite the screen time you would expect him to have. Also great was J.T. Walsh in a crazy role in which his character more and more starts to derail. These were the kind of roles he always was best at.The movie has a kind of cheap look over it. A kind of look you would perhaps more expect from a TV movie, which might be due to Fraser Clarke Heston inexperience as a director, though it also is definitely true that this movie was just fairly cheap made and got never aimed toward a large audience and in many countries never made it to the cinemas.Simply one fine and enjoyable movie, that you just don't need to take too seriously.8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
Be Careful For What You Wish For - You May Get It At Great Cost (by theowinthrop)
I have to admit that having read of this horror film I approached it with some trepidation - Stephen King's work is not very familiar to me. I know his reputation, and I have meant to read him, but I have a large number of other books to read before I can make room for King. Probably the leading horror and Gothic novelist/short story writer of our time the man who is the modern literary heir to Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and Lovecraft , it has become a common comment that his best work is between the covers of his books and not on celluloid. Most of the <more>
comments on NEEDFUL THINGS follow this - a general feeling that it is a let-down of sorts.Yet I finally acquired a DVD of the film today, and it turned out that it is a really good film. Moreover, the horror has it's amusements. If I may suggest this to the readers, when you watch this film do what Max Von Sydow does in several scenes: watch it with a glass of fine old brandy or wine, or even a nice slice of apple pie with or without Von Sydow's favorite - cheddar cheese , and try not to take it too seriously. Yes, the scene where the dog is found skinned fake dead dog as it is is not pleasant to view, but around it are some amusing bits. It's the practical jokes that Leland Gaunt Von Sydow's pseudonym - he is the Devil, and is playing the Devil correctly as the Devil is the best of correct gentlemen plays that amuses us, even as they spread his brand of evil throughout the town of Castle Rock. They are not harmless jokes, but meant to torment his victims at each other's hands. But they include scenes like Brian Rusk Shane Meier breaking the windows and smashing the kitchen of the home of Wilma Jercyk Valeri Bromfield as though he is pitching for the Yankees in the World Series. They include a self-important, crooked businessman like Danford Keaton J. T. Walsh getting involved for a whole afternoon with an antique horse racing game supposedly it will give him a winning series of horses for the track , and insulting his wife in the process when she innocently suggests he go out for some honey based donuts. They include the neurotic Nettie Cobb Amanda Plummer putting up accusatory papers around Keaton's living room and kitchen, while Keaton is busy, and then just barely getting out without being seen by him when he reads the same papers. Even Von Sydow gets into the fun of the horror - he goes into ecstasy thinking of the chaos he created in front of his fireplace while listening to "Ave Maria". His taste in music is fine - but the Devil enjoying "Ave Maria"?Basically the chaos in the town is created when the Devil gives the luckless, self-centered townspeople what they want at his new store a type of antique - collectibles shop called "Needful Things" and they have to do little pranks to help pay for their acquisitions. Brian sells himself for an autographed Topps 1955 Mickey Mantle card I think he should have held out for the really rare 1910 or so Honus Wagner card that is worth about $100,000.00 if you find it . Nettie, whose abusive husband smashed her china collection seven years before, gets a second copy of her favorite statue. Polly Chalmers Bonnie Bedelia has arthritis, and gets an ancient Egyptian necklace that helps her condition improve. But then they have to do one evil after another after another. Sometimes one sympathizes with them Brian is too young to fully understand what he let himself in for, and Polly really suffers from arthritis . But with people like the selfish, self-important Keaton one sympathizes more with others like his wife than himself.There is increased violence in the film, and the death of Nettie's dog is the start of it. The next act is possibly the best recalled moment of the film. It is rare really rare for two women characters to kill each other in a movie. In the classic western JOHNNY GUITAR, Mercedes McCambridge was shot and killed in a showdown with Joan Crawford, but our sympathy was with Joan not Mercedes. In NEEDFUL THINGS Nettie and Wilma slaughter each other: Nettie believing Wilma has killed her dog Wilma didn't and Wilma believing Nettie first smeared Turkey excrement on her washing, and then smashed up her home Nettie didn't . It makes the whole more believable that Nettie is considered a mental case who murdered her abusive husband, and Wilma is a violent, mental case as well. They are combustible types about to be mixed together.The scene it takes all of three minutes is well done actually - Nettie showing up holding a bread knife behind her back to face Wilma in Wilma's home. Wilma has grabbed a cleaver. I read some descriptions of the sequence that don't go into the details, but basically the battle is a bloody one, with Nettie getting first blood thrusting her knife into Wilma's belly , but Wilma swinging her cleaver and cutting Nettie across her chest. Both drop their weapons, and end up with each others, chasing each other to the second floor, and bleeding heavily. They end up falling out of the window with Nettie burying her cleaver in Wilma's face while Wilma pushes her knife into Nettie's chest and it comes out her back . They are both killed, but they probably would have bled to death anyway.The violence continues to escalate after that, though nothing as startling in it's violent confrontation. At the end the town is almost blown up. But at the end Mr. Von Sydow leaves town intact. Stephen King knows that the Devil may be thwarted, but evil always survives.
Hell Breaks Loose in a Nice Place to Live and Grow (by claudio_carvalho)
Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn Ed Harris moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt Max Von Sydow opens the store Needful Things, he seems to have the object of desire for each dweller. He charges small amounts to the things but requests a practical joke for each of them against another inhabitant. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and Sheriff Pangborn discovers that Leland Gaunt is the devil himself. Further, Gaunt is manipulating the population like puppets exploring the <more>
weakness and greed of each person. "Needful Things" is a horror movie with black humor with a story of greed and evilness. Max Von Sydow has a great performance and his personification of evil is scary. There are interesting characters and situations and this movie is entertaining and surprisingly underrated. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Trocas Macabras" "Macabre Exchanges"