I have a weird enjoyment with when I’ve read a book or watched a film that I’ve found fits my aesthetic; I’ll have a little google of the writers/directors just to make sure that they’re all round as wholesome as their writing and more times than not it’s the case. My twitter feed is filled with my favourite authors and Stephen King is up there. Although I’m not overly familiar with his literature as he has a style that I just can’t get my head around, I have seen many of the film adaptations including IT, The Mist, The Dark Tower and Carrie and have for the majority of them enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately the the 2019 remake of Pet Semetary just doesn’t quite live up to it’s predecessors.
Compared the other Stephen King films that I have seen Pet Semetary is probably one of the most stressful to watch. I’m going to say it from the off, I really didn’t enjoy it. From the rushed character development, forced relationship and tenuous storyline. Everything just felt completely ridiculous and the decisions that were made by the characters in most situations just seemed unrealistic and irritating to watch.
The film starts off with a Dr. Louis Creedand (Jason Clarke ), his timid wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children Ellie (Jete laurence) and toddler Gage moving to a rural and out of the way area to spend more time with their children and build a better family life. Ellie soon discovers a large burial site of decades worth of deceased pets in the middle of the woods on her own (who in their right mind would let their young child stroll in the woods in an area they’ve just moved to on their own. infuriating) where she bumps into the weirdly overly friendly Jud (John Lithow). Soon after settling down into family life Ellie’s cat tragically gets hit by a truck and Jud decides to take Louis to a secret spot that had been drawing him into decades which will be able to bring Ellie’s childhood pet back. Unfortunately Church the moggy is only able to come back possessed by the Wendigo, a part human canabalistic creature that possesses the dead bodies that are buried.
The story line itself is okay but the reliance of jumpscares and gore is a bit silly in my personal opinion. It distracts from the events themselves and a lot of it just really isn’t needed, there’s nothing clever about it and It’s the exact same concept which has been done since the start of ghost stories. I find horrors a bit dull as they are and only really enjoy the cleverest ones. I found myself on more than one occasions just wanting the film to get to the good bits and was really was waiting for everything to just click into place. Unfortunately that just doesn’t happen. The same, Everybody dies the end. Also the completely disregard for Gage the young child who as parents should be anybodies priority over a possessed child and in the end I thought the descisions and thought processes with everysingle charecter in the film minus the cat and baby were so ridiculous I didn’t empathise with any and just wanted to film to end.
Unfortunately it’s a 2/5 and that’s pushing it.
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