Before seeing this movie, I watched the 1980 The Shining adaptation, since Doctor Sleep is supposed to be the sequel to that movie. I have read the books but for now this review is of just the movies. I would suggest rewatching The Shining before you see this, just so everything is fresh in your memory.
Actors are brought in that look like the actors in the original film. I’d say they did a pretty good job, my only qualm would have been that they could have had Jack Nicholson do the voice for the actor playing him, cause his voice is pretty defining of his character. They did a great job recreating the classic scenes from the first movie, and yet kept things original with a new story line.
Are there some tragic moments? Yes. Is the ending somewhat happy? Yes. Its what one would expect from a Stephen King novel based movie. It is a long movie, but I didn’t find myself bored. It isn’t action packed, but it is filled with story content to keep the audience engaged.
Overall, yes, I recommend seeing it. There aren’t any jolting scare you moments, and its not heavy on gore. Its more of a psychological horror.