“Firestarter (2022).” There is no doubt that Stephen King and his novels have contributed to this horror genre. His work has been associated with the big screen since the 1970s. Now in the period when his work is reorganized, each entry provides a diminishing return. Firestarter, a remake of a 1984 movie with the same name, does not justify its existence. Firestarter is a blurry review for visual viewers that may have become accustomed to it and made it better in the beginning.
Firestarter (2022): Movie Review
The opening of the film introduces baby Charlie, Vicky (Sydney Lemmons), and Andy McGee (Zac Efron). They are a small, seemingly ordinary family – that is until Charlie almost burns up his crèche and burns in his father’s arms. This, of course, is a nightmare for Andy anxious and depressed. Afterward, the montage sequence of Andy and Vicky is shown as participants participating in a clinical trial.
The two are injected and survive the tests, then go on their own. When they are with Charlie, she becomes supernatural, and he destroys more than they do. The story continues with Charlie (Ryan Keira Armstrong) as she wanders around as an isolated girl at school and escapes from the “Store.”
The episode related to Andy and Vicky could have been miniseries easily on Peacock because Firestarter sounds like silent fainting for Stranger Things. The current audience will be more familiar with the hottest songs from Netflix and smaller than the Firestarter novel or Drew Barrymore-inspired 1984 film. Charlie’s story is almost identical to Eleven’s, and it’s less intriguing than the original film.
So, what is being achieved again? When it comes to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 re-engineering, his practice is based on decades of technological advances to visualize Pennywise’s scary pranks with the added benefit of the emergence of horror. Other editorial editions from the books also helped to make it a shorter and more effective redesign itself. Firestarter does not use technology to make Charlie’s power feel bigger and more terrifying than ever and the story changes don’t work the way they used to.
Firestarter is staged and filmed as a TV movie, suggesting that it should have been a series. Director Keith Thomas and author Scott Teems’ efforts are commendable, but all is in vain when their efforts to make something exciting sci-fi come to an end in a film that needed more time to tell its story. Teems’ article is interested in the aspects surrounding Charlie’s conception and the institution that pursues him.
It also incorporates the moral obligations Charlie’s parents have to their daughter. There’s also a touch of humor in the conversation that isn’t funded enough, especially when Zac Efron is determined to rely on those moments. Finally, there is a misunderstanding of expectations and aspirations.
Thomas’ direction is stable and firm. There is no beauty involved, which is a shame of Charlie’s power. This horror of science fiction has a different lack of panic, Thomas’ camera cuts through terrifying moments. Instead, all the elements that make this story shocking or thrilling sci-fi presented are carelessly presented and told.
The film is rated R, but it seems to be only about dialogue and short images of the effects of Charlie’s attack. Other than that, there is no major horror in the entire film to ratify the rating. What’s more, very little is being done to make the perfect character for Charlie, whose powers see him exploding a fire that burns cats and humans.
Despite feeling good about using her gifts, there is a clear lack of ambition or character drama in her. She is a scary kid, that’s okay, but it makes sense boring. The characters are made to feel intimidated, but there is nothing about him, that is, even when she begins to unleash her power. Everything falls to the ground. No one can satisfactorily save this story despite strong performances from Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Rueben, Efron, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong.
Each character seems to have a completely different kind of story. Greys ’Rainbird, which fixes the actual throwing error, is used very little. Her feelings of fear or infatuation with Charlie are out of place and not well known. Reuben’s lines are embedded in a symbolic twirl. Efron is probably very much in line with what is expected, but his performance has a problem with little or no flaw.
Armstrong looks and acts like someone who really watched Millie Bobby Brown’s performance in Stranger Things. Her performance, paired with the effects of a synth-based film, makes it clear what the lightning command of the film is all about and impersonating Armstrong in the role.
Firestarter is in a terrible state as it has to go through several novels, films, and TV programs that have talked about the same themes and characters. Sadly, this adaptation fails to stand out from all the other sci-fi horrors about people used to experiment. It does not even compare with the original 1984 film and does not stand in the way of Stephen King’s latest good releases such as IT in 2017 and Doctor S sleep in 2019. Firestarter is like Pet Sematary and Carrie, a small, worrying re-enactment that does nothing new.