Number 1: It Star’s James Franco
I know he isn’t as big of a selling point as he was in the Green Goblin days, but James Franco in 11.22.63 proves he’s a legitimate actor. But we all knew this, right? Remember pitying him in Freaks and Geeks, or crying with laughter at Pineapple Express, and even covering our eyes in that 127 Hours scene which I am definitely not going to show.
11.22.63 is what I consider to be his best performance in a long time, and who knows, maybe we’ll see more serious, emotive work from him in the future. Even if he can be a little quirky at times.
Number 2: It’s Based on a Stephen King Novel
So the age old claim by any book reader is that a show or movie is never as good as the book it’s based on. Well I couldn’t say otherwise, considering I haven’t read the book.
But, Stephen King books have a great track record when being translated to the Big and Small screens. Not to mention that King himself is fantastic story teller, so you know the plot is definitely going be a clean 100.
If you need more proof here’s a list of his adaptions: Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Green Mile, The Shining, Carrie, and even It. Screw that clown.
Number 3: The Story is Amazing
So a brief overview of the plot, without giving away too many of those juicy spoilers, is James Franco finds a wormhole that sends him back to the year 1960. He is then tasked with saving future President Kennedy from that famous assassination.
A bit average at first glance, but what really makes it the scenario tense is how the past tries to stop itself from changing. For every step James Franco takes in saving Kennedy’s life, the past forces him to take two steps back, often resulting in gruesome consequences.
Kinda like that Paula Abdul song. I would sing “I take two steps forward, I take two steps back” but I lack talent. So here’s another gif.
Number 4: Who Doesn’t Love a Good Period Piece
Now I know this isn’t the same kind of period piece like anything Jane Austen has written (that name gives me nightmares from Year 11 English class) but it’s a period piece none the less.
It gives you everything you loved from the 1960’s. Good old fashioned values, beautiful cars, clothes that look totally vintage and of course the subtle racism and misogyny.
Jokes aside, it definitely takes off the rose tinted shades when looking back at the 60’s.
Number 5: It’s only 8 Episodes
Now, I understand that this would put a lot of people off. Some people crave the 5+ season epics like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, but those can be extremely hard to get into.
We’ve all have that friend recommends us a show, only for you to discover it’s on its 6th season. You don’t want to have to put in time and effort to watch a show. And no, I’m not going to put “Ain’t nobody got time for that” meme. I have standards. So here’s a different gif.
So Why Should You Watch 11.22.63? Because of the reasons above, you read them, right?