Bag of Bones Part 2 Review: Custody Has Its Responsibilities

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So much of the Bag of Bones miniseries just left me scratching my head. After reviewing part one yesterday, I get into the concluding two hours of this Stephen King-based special below...

First head-scratcher of the evening? Why did Mattie, who Michael barely knew, go to his house to share good news about her daughter's custody battle? Could she really have that few friends in town? I assumed she grew up there. It was also amazing what his quick run-in with Kyra did to derail a multimillionaire's case against his daughter-in-law who killed her husband. It just didn't make sense.

Devore and Rogette

Mattie is pretty, and Michael is hot, so I guess that was good enough for the writers. Two attractive, slightly spunky outsiders come together at time when neither of them have anyone. Seemingly as strong a reason as any other, I suppose. I prefer more depth in my relationships, and I just don't feel it here.

One thing is for certain, old Max Devore and his pal Rogette wanted to see Michael gone, and if not gone, dead. He was not welcome in their family business. But what did he do, really, to raise their ire to such a degree? He merely used his smart-ass tone to tell the guardian ad lied-em what he didn't want to hear. Hardly a death sentence, I would think, even though that surly old bird was trying to knock his head a good one with the pelting of those rocks.

Did anyone else just cringe in pain when Noonan's cell phone fell to the bottom of the lake? Oh, how I would have cried!! Even one day without my beloved cell phone is one too many. Devore's obvious punishment was a shot of morphine and a bag over his head. That it was in a warm bath was too sweet, but he did get kissed by a crone, so perhaps even sugar has its price. By this point, I admit I was sorely lost within a twisted storyline that seemed to have no end.

The group of mad junior men raping a woman, especially a woman of color, back in the day, has been do too many times and with no new results. The story is old, ugly and not worthy of repeating. Granted, this was based on a book written about 20 years ago, so there is some room for forgiveness, but if I never see the storyline again, I wouldn't miss it nor what it represents one tiny bit.

"Custody has it's responsibility. Now you go and bring that whorlette over here and stick her in the water where she belongs." THAT's what the phrase meant? If you have custody of a girl in the line of the men who killed Sara Tidwell, you must drown them?I don't believe Sara would have thought so little of all men; after all, she made a living off of making those men swoon.

A curse was a fitting ending to the legacy of Sara Tidwell. Drowning their daughters for generations to come. I liked that Mattie figured Jo was worried about their daughter and her future due to the curse. It gave Mattie a purpose in this story, brought her closer to Mike and allowed him to forgive Jo and let her go. Had they waited one second longer, it would have been too late. Jo, Mattie, Kyra and Sara were all severely underdeveloped in this passion play about a woman done wrong.

By the end, I felt like I was watching an episode of Supernatural, as the only way to stop the curse was to decimate Sara's bones (remains? They looked amazing) in lye. I still think she got the raw end of the deal overall. Sure, she cast the curse, but shouldn't the bones of those men who committed the crime have had some culpability as well? And the blow-back of the lye; no damage to Mike? Note to self, look up the consequences of lye on skin. Finally, if ever there was a need for a little leftover lye, it was for Rogette.

Because I am a liar, and good to my word on being one, I will leave you with one last comment in relation to the book and the adaptation: The adaptation, as far more macabre than the book, left me far more unsettled and lost much of the beauty portrayed in Stephen King's masterful tome. If you enjoyed the miniseries, don't hesitate to try the structure that came first.

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    I was somewhat disappointed, but kept in mind that they had to condense a lot of the book, which meant 'streamlining' the story. It would have done better as a six hour mini series, or possibly as ten episode series a la Kingdom Hospital. This would have shown more of the story of Mattie and Kyra, Mike and Jo, or even how Mike was treated as an outsider. That being said, it was enjoyable.

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    Well..I loved it. I guess not reading the book helps here. I thought it was very entertaining and watching Brosnan for 4 hours didn't hurt! As is true with most movies adapted from novels etc. they have to change things up a bit for film. Moral of the story is if you read the books don't watch the movies and expect them to be perfect....Go back to Flowers in the Attic. Book great, movie not so great.

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    I am really upset.. I have read the book at least five times, well its one of my fav Stephen King books. This mini series did it no justice at all. Mattie's character was so under developed it was not even funny. They swapped about scenes and did not include others to their entirety. Sara's child was a boy and not a girl. I have waited for years for this too come to the screen and I happen to think it is one of Stephen's best. But the way this was done did no justice to the book whatsoever and left people who have not read the book scratching their heads because they did not understand the whole story and the dynamic between Mattie and Mike. Shannon I am with you .. There is too many inconsistencies from the book.. Too many to list here. The one who adapted the book into the screenplay should be ashamed at the shallow characters he created and Pierce Brosnan.. Love him as an actor but he really did not fit the role of Mike Noonan

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    To Donna: in the book Jo actually dies from a brain anurysm not a heart attack. It wa something she may have been living with for years before that fateful day in the Rite Aid parking lot.

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    I didnt read the book but I will now because the story line seems good although the movie blew. I really thought the accent was odd but even more so after hearing his brother had no accent. The slapping tree and crazy old broad made me laugh out loud. Not good in a horror flick but I am looking forward to reading the book now.

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    Oh, and Mike getting bitch-slapped by the Green Lady tree was hilarious.

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    Mattie's character made me cringe - she was like a dimwitted, overeager groupie and it was more than a little bit unbelievable how she managed to tie all of the facts together. Oh, and the "Kiss the Cook" apron? Please.

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    I have to jump on the 'disappointed band wagon' here. Jo died of a heart. It was hinted that she was so distraught and stressed by what she found, it killed her. The 'guy' she had dinner with in Dark Score, was actually HER brother, not Mikes. Ki was an intelligent humorous 3 year old, who wnet back and forth calling her Mom, Mattie and Momma. This Ki was nothing by a crying machine. The green lady wasstupid, REALLY????? Sara's face in the tree???? Mattie ended up looking more like an overly eager horny writer groupy, that the proud, self sufficient 'woman' she was in the book. Rogette.....she was Max's Daughter, so she committed 'Patricide" and dipped into incest in a few brief moments..........not bad for a woman who has three pounds of make caked in her wrinkles...Where were the Refridgerator people who visited Ki??? And I REALLY missed the knocking session Mike had in the book with the '??" in the cellars, on the cellar stairs. Once for yes, twice for no.........as much as I ADORED the book........have to give the movie a "Knock, Knock"

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    I stopped watching after the first 20 minutes of the first ep. because it was completely different from how the book began. I hate seeing a movie based on a book after I've read the book and vice versa. I don't know why I thought this would be any different. The scene w him holding her in his arms and crying as she died? Um really? Cause I'm pretty sure he was no where near when she got hit and didn't find out til much later! Ugh. I've dvr'd them, but I'm about to delete them because this is obviously a waste of time.

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    I very much enjoyed the first part of this two-part mini series but somewhere in the second one, the story fell apart for me and I began to lose interest. I ended up being very disappointed with how it turned out. It had a nice build to it but there wasn't much of a payoff. There were quite a few scenes last night that left me feeling that there was something missing. I'm not sure if it was the acting of a few supporting actors or the way certain scenes played out but it just lost its thrill. I agree with what was said in this article about the sudden love connection. There wasn't nearly enough depth and it seemed quite rushed. It was odd to me that this man would rush into something with a woman he barely knew while still deeply grieving for his wife & constantly trying to communicate with her spirit. And lastly, I just laughed out loud when Noonan started getting bitch slapped by that tree. The whole second part just fell apart for me. I'm going to have to watch Misery again to make up for what I saw last night.




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