Pet Sematary 2019: Review by @Kush_Hayes
I wasnt necessarily too young to see Pet Sematary when it was originally adapted to a major motion picture in 1989 however something kept me away from it. Now 30 years later, its been readapted. Original author Stephen King is not on board unlike in the first movie. Based on a quick wikipedia scan, major details have been changed, maybe its been modernized, maybe they decided they had a stronger actor and adjusted the story to fit such.
Pretty simple story, a family moves to the country in Maine to escape the stress and strife of big city Boston. That may have been the first mistake. The second mistake was not investigating the 50 acres of their new property. If they had, they might have discovered a super creepy “Pet Sematary” that quite frankly NO ONE would tolerate having if they were aware of it. And thats not even the worst part of the grounds. Just a bit further down, theres much worse happening in those woods. As you can imagine theres a family tragedy, and instead of dealing with that tragedy in a sane and healthy way, dad decides its time to take The Dark Arts into play.
The movie goes on for about ten minutes before the kids find the “Pet Sematary” and its an hour before we go testing the grounds capabilities.
The grounds are or were apart of an ancient Native American burial ground, but that never really comes up. Despite that fact that this is a major detail for our story, they do everything they can to avoid the phrase “Native American” nor do we get any history of the actual tribe that used to reside on the grounds.
While all this is going on, the mom is being haunted by flashbacks of her mean crippled sister who died young. And other than some creepy visuals, this whole story is really unnecessary and does nothing to push the plot forward.
All the actors are very good in this. Jason Clarke who usually comes off wooded, makes you believe hes a father who will stop at nothing to keep his family whole. Clarke was also a huge proponent for this movie being made so all of his scenes are rich and full of life.
Amy Seimetz and Jete Laurence, also both very good playing off Clarkes motivations. John Lithgow is never bad in anything, nor is he bad in this. However the only thing that came to mind during his performance, is “I hope he plays Herman Munster in the next Munsters adaptation”.
This is one of the better horror movies to have released so far in 2019, but its not good enough to go past:
Three out of Six Blueberries.