The Stand is first of all a philosophical film with very little special effects but lots of detail. We meet around thirty characters and learn about their personalities and how they act and react in their own individuality.
The Stand is a philosophical drama film with a touch of horror. It is difficult to talk about apocalypse without showing us a few cadavers but I do not feel that it makes a horror movie. In fact, the biological disaster is not even the subject of the movie. Everything revolves around war between God, the Devil and their apostles because the devil has taken advantage of the situation.
The Stand offers an incredible line-up of actors.
The quality of the acting can be distinguished in this story because The Stand is a made for TV movie and therefore censorship and the visual aspect greatly affect the movie. It is also what has ruined the movie for me.
Just like Langoliers, also from Stephen King, The Stand uses a faster frequency of images per second, which sometimes gives the movie an amateur look. Furthermore, the special effects are of very low quality. I have trouble believing that the moviemakers have invested so much money in the actors and so little in the special effects, especially for a movie signed by "the master of horror".
Such a situation offers many emotional moments. However, the manner in which the scenes are filmed leaves us little or no time to be emotional. Because the movie lasts around six hours, when a familiar character dies (and many die) the movie becomes much more intense. Another negative element is after six hours of suspense and waiting for vengeance for the dead, a pitiful conclusion awaits us.
Furthermore, the scene is so badly filmed and the special effects are awful that it makes things even worse. If the film had any sense, the characters would have tried to get revenge but the ending is incoherent and unrealistic. All spy missions, the pilgrimages, rescue missions and sabotage missions, realized in the name of God by the Nebraska group, were useless. Also, I had a bitter feeling of wasting six hours to watch this movie.
Briefly, The Stand is an excellent yet very long movie where the story follows the dialogues between characters. I would have preferred seeing more unknown actors to allow for a bigger special effects budget.