1922 (October 2017) is based on a Stephen King novella. It concerns a farmer, Wilfred James, who convinces his 14-year-old son to help him commit a crime. Wilfred is a quiet yet prideful man who enjoys farming while his wife has dreams of going to the big city to open a dress shop. Henry, their son, is caught in the middle.
Like a lot of King’s stories, the horror in this story is psychological as opposed to physically horrific monsters. Wilfred is convinced that every man has an evil counterpart inside of them, but most people don’t let that evil control their lives. Wilfred’s inner evil is quiet and subtle like the Biblical version of Satan as a snake. His wife, Arlette, is portrayed as an ambitious woman who feels trapped in a dull marriage. Henry comes across as someone who is naive and easily led.
The story and pace of the film were fine as far as the subject matter was concerned. I was a bit surprised that the story took place in Nebraska and not Maine like many of King’s books do. Maybe since he didn’t write the screenplay, this was changed. The acting and authenticity of the language were very convincing, although the actor playing Henry looked to be too old as a 14-year-old boy.
There were a couple inconsistencies that I saw, i.e. using some British slang and some drinking scenes which were not accurate for a “dry” state during Prohibition. The musical score was fairly effective for setting up the scenes. I would recommend you watch this film. I wouldn’t buy it but I would watch it again. I rate it 4.5 stars overall.