Firestarter Review – Modern take on Stephen King’s novel, Fails to Ignite.

Firestarter Review – Modern take on Stephen King’s novel, Fails to Ignite.

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That StephenKing renaissance continues with a modern adaptation of his 1980 novel, fire starter. Given the lackluster response to the 1984 adjustment, it’s probably long overdue. But the real question is, given the current glut and popularity of superhero cinema, is there any thematic depth or storytelling? During the guard director Keith Thomas receives fire starter to an energetic and engaging start, this redesign ultimately fails to ignite.

The exhibition how the couple Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon), who gained supernatural abilities thanks to an experiment, is passed on through the opening credits. A nightmare sequence later, fire starter jumps ahead a decade where Andy and Vicky try to raise their gifted daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) and avoid detection by federal agencies who would reclaim them. As if being on the run wasn’t enough, Charlie loses her struggle to contain her growing powers. A fire incident ensues that puts the family back on the agency’s radar and puts them all in danger.

(from left) Vicky (Sydney Lemmon) and Andy (Zac Efron) walk in fire starterdirected by Keith Thomas.

Written by Halloween kills clerk Scott Teems, fire starter splits into two completely different halves. The first half builds the character dynamics and sets the emotional stakes. Andy and Vicky are doting parents but with two distinctly different approaches to raising a young child of immense inflammatory power. Compounding the conflicting ideals are the contrasting but similar ways in which their diminished abilities are ill-equipped to support and control Charlie’s feeble restraint of their emotions, often resulting in disaster. Zac Efron brings a lot to his role by doing a lot of heavy lifting in the front half.

Once Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes) fully enters the equation, leading to a more action-packed shift with the family on the run, the script derails. In Captain Hollister (Gloria Ruben).

It’s all clearly underdeveloped. There’s a clear arc destined for Rainbird, a clear departure from the source material, but Greyeyes is woefully underutilized. During fire starter Rainbird into an imposing central antagonist, his screen time is far too limited and dialogue too cryptic to fully grasp motivations and identity.

Michael Greyeyes as Rainbird in fire starterdirected by Keith Thomas.

The entire back half is rushed. It eschews the source material in favor of a streamlined narrative set in a nondescript concrete facility. A key internal fight is neatly dealt with with a simple assembly. Set pieces, major confrontations, emotional payoffs, and the climax come across so randomly that none of it lands. The goodwill built up in the front half is wasted on the odd narrative and stylistic choices.

This results in a disjointed customization that brings with it two very different traits at different levels of crafting. It feels like parts of the story have been cut out, leaving remnants that hint at something more interesting. Its protagonists are much stronger as they all have a bit more time to work with and develop them. The antagonists are so pale and vaguely written fire starter quickly breaks down once the narrative attempts to expand the scope beyond the family’s cozy bubble. Despite a strong performance from Zac Efron, some funny charred corpses, John Zimmerman‘s superior score and brisk pace, fire starter ends up reflecting Charlie’s story a bit too accurately. A promising beginning is unraveled by the desire to burn everything down.

fire starter Releases in theaters and on Peacock May 13, 2022.

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