‘The Sandman’ Review:Netflix Neil Gaiman Adaptation Plays It Too Safe
The 400-year-old British Sandman (Ferdinand Kingsley) casually mentions a new rendition of King Lear. “Idiot gave a happy ending,” he sneers. “This won’t last long,” he wisely prophesies. “Great stories always come back to life.” The Sandman doesn’t need such dramatic reversals. Executive Produced by Neil Gaiman (along with Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer),
this fantasy drama honors its source material. But what the exchange about King Lear misses is the way updated versions of great stories help make them fresh and relevant in the first place…by prioritizing fidelity over creativity. , The Sandman offers a decent echo of the comic, but is far from being a classic in its own right.