This looks brilliant....I hope it will be
But, there's something that didn't feel right about the scenes at the Overlook Hotel in modern-day (maybe it's just me, but honestly, I had more of a reaction to The Shining Challenge scene in Ready Player One than I did for the final act at the Overlook in this film).
While Abra may have been able to own Rose telepathically each time, these were just encounters of the mind. Also Abra is guilty of being a bit too sure of herself; a bit too confident in her own ability...as many children are. Dan, however is much older and wiser in this respect. After being exposed to rose's capabilities, he tells Abra the very reason why he intends to take the fight to the Overlook: "I don't think that we will be able to beat her alone." He feels the only way to override her will be with the help of the ghosts he's trapped in his mind, and the energy of the Overlook. He hopes that they will consume Rose, as she consumes others. Since neither Abra nor Dan have this ability to consume their foe, he feels they will need something that CAN to do it for them. made perfect sense to me, and Abra booting Rose from her mind aside, i definitely felt the urgency for them to find a place where they had the advantage to face off with her... particularly after Rose downed every drop of steam she had stored up to power up for her vengeance quest.I agree, and for me what robs it of its power how casually Dan decides to take the fight there. At that point in the story, they've regained the upper hand and have no particular reason to assume Rosie the Hat would be more of a challenge than the rest of the Knot – in every encounter, Abra singlehandedly curbstomped her, and she doesn't even know Dan exists. We needed to feel that there was desperation behind his choice to return to the site of the worst experience of his life and there isn't, just an explanation that he assumes she'll be too powerful (which, again, it's been demonstrated she isn't). If the main character doesn't act afraid of the Overlook, then why should we be?
(The more I think about it, the more I think that returning to the Overlook shouldn't have been Danny's idea at all. He should have been maneuvered into going there some other way.)
That said, that was the only major misstep in the movie, in my opinion. I enjoyed it a lot, much more than I was expecting to, and it's was nice to see a couple of decent people meting out justice against some real monsters. Maybe it's not effective horror, but it was a good thriller and I liked it. I just think I might have loved it if they'd handled the third act better.