Firestarter Movie Review ***SPOILERS***

Discussion in 'Firestarter' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W
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    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Firestarter - book and film - both hit the ground running (literally) by starting in the middle of a chase: Andy and Charlie McGee, father and daughter, on the run from The Shop, the covert government department which is responsible for both of them acquiring psi abilities. Andy has a mild ability to "push" people to do things against their will: using this ability causes him severe problems (nosebleeds, headaches). Charlie is pyrokinetic, an ability seemingly without limit. On the job for The Shop is operative John Rainbird who believes that, if he kills Charlie, he will be enriched by her spirit.

    This is one of the better King adaptations. It follows the book quite closely and, where it has made changes, they are generally for the better. The cast is good, with George C Scott a very strong Rainbird.

    The music by Tangerine Dream is less welcome, and the decision to have Charlie's hair blowing in the wind every time she uses her power is questionable.

    The effects haven't aged well - this one could usefully be remade with contemporary effects serving it rather better. But it does explain why the climactic confrontation takes place at night rather than, as in the book, in daylight: darkness is better at covering up fireball wires etc.
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  2. guido tkp
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    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    i've really wanted to go and track this one down...haven't seen it since it debuted in the theaters...all those years ago...

    i remember liking it...but alot of the concerns you listed ring true...

    thanks for the reminder...i'll have to get off my lazy tuckus and git er dun

    without having seen it, the one thing that did stick out in my mind is that i thought, at the time, it was definately a 'close but no cigar' kinda vibe..so i'm up for a remake of serious intent
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  3. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I really liked the book, and thought the movie was pretty good. I do differ with you about Scott--to me, he seemed horribly miscast. David Keith was really wonderful as Andy, as was Art Carney as Irv.
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  4. Grandpa
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    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm ready to see it now. The hair blowing with the pyrokensis was offputting, as was David Keith putting his hands to his head when he "pushed." Not to mention George C. Scott didn't fit Rainbird.

    So now that time has passed, maybe I should judge the flick on its own merits rather than my expectations.
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    I thought the book was very good, and I've only seen bits and pieces of the movie and by what I saw, I hated it.
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  6. Wedgeski
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    Wedgeski New Member

    I really liked this adaptation, but haven't seen it in a long while. Drew Barrymore was (and still is) such a talent, she was perfectly cast, and contrary to skimom2, I loved George C. Scott as Rainbird!

    Interestingly, I think Firestarter is one of those plots that hasn't aged well. "Super-powered kid on the run from sinister government agency" has become a huge cliche. I doubt any modern adaptation could quite get away with it.
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  7. opundo
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    I like George C. Scott, but he was too old for the part.

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