TV Review: James Franco tries to save JFK in a flawed-but-worthy Stephen King adaptation

Stephen King’s 2011 novel 11/22/63 is one of his very best, combining elements of historical fiction, sci-fi thriller, and an old-fashioned love story into an engrossing read about an everyman’s attempt at changing history. Rare for a latter-day King work, it even sticks the landing in memorable and appropriate fashion. As is always the case with the author, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling.

To say that King’s work has not often been well-served by its movie and television adaptations would be an understatement. (Trust me, I wrote the book on it.) With the eight-part limited series 11.22.63, Hulu and producer J.J. Abrams have finally hit on the right format for translating one of King’s mammoth tomes to the screen. A two-hour movie (as originally planned by director Jonathan Demme before abandoning the project) would inevitably …

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