James Franco exerts his full range of performance in this film adaptation of tense, time travel thriller of Stephen King’s 11.22.63. From the beginning, it is very faithful to the plot, style and tone of the book of King, so fans of the novel must be satisfied if it continues in the same way. At the same time, those who know the book are thrown into a world of engagement with its own peculiarities and rules. Franco navigates surprising moments of poignancy and humor and startling easily, pulling the viewer into the experiences of Epping and shows us his thoughts and feelings, even when the dialogue is sparse.
11.22.63 is the smart, thoughtful TV content streaming and specialized in current landscape containing programs, like The Man in the High Castle, Fargo and the (dearly-departed) Hannibal. It is not an easy show to watch when you’re half asleep or cleaning the house. If you are willing to give all his attention, however, it is more than worth the time. As for the series, he wasted no time to take action. Franco plays the role of Jake Epping, a high school teacher who reluctantly has to assume the task of traveling to the past and prevent the assassination of JFK. Show is fast paced and keeps you engrossed all the time. Just keep wondering how the story will develop and Jake be able to prevent the murder.
For the premiere, much of the performance of others is not seen as it revolves only around Franco and Cooper. But both take you to a journey that should not end. Episode was 80 minutes long, but I did not realize when the time flew. Written and directed is high level throughout the story is very well thought out.