The new movie (possible spoilers)

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Joseph Burdette

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Well I saw the new Pet Sematary and I have been thinking a lot about it. I'd have posted this sooner but i wanted to wait until i was sure just about everyone had seen it or heard about (honestly they give most of the movie away in the trailer)the changes.

Those changes worried me. I've seen good changes in Stephen King movies and I've seen bad ones. Personally, Pet Sematary is close to a perfect work. it's a simple story that loses nothing in translation. But if I could deal with the changes to It and the Dark Tower I told myself I could deal with the changes to The path beyond the woods in Ludlow...
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First off I will always love the original movie. It is my favorite Stephen King film. It is the only one that scared me. Could it have been better? Maybe, but it could stand on it own. It deserved sequels, prequels...but I am still debating if it needed remade. If this had been about a new family I'd be 98% on board with the story. I really enjoyed this movie. The only problem I had with the remake was the problem I had with Pet Sematary Two...and that involves the dead bringing back the dead. That violates the main point of the whole story. Leaving someone alive to keep using the place was the whole reason Gage didn't kill Louis straight off. If not for this I would give the remake full marks. The place wants to be used by the living, having the dead do it throws he whole thing off.

The remake got a lot of things right. it showed how addictive the place was. it showed the real power and other worldliness of the place. It showed the fact that some of the towns folk knew about the place. The mythology was there, far more than was in the original. Yeah they kinda turned Jud into the creepy old uncle rather than a father figure, but it fit with the other changes. It also showed that the beings that come back are still alive after a fashion and aren't some escapees from Dawn of the Dead. This was not a zombie movie. The moments with the resurrected Ellie playing mind games was some quality film-work. She deserves an award.

But it felt like Ellie was the only one who got a character arc in the story. The book was about Louis and even though Gage's death was tragic it wasn't the main focus. Louis, a rational man, goes insane at the prospect of power. The original movie showed it (sometimes a little silly, but come on...) but this one didn't. The good doctor jumps from not believing to 'okay i'm gonna do this' pretty quick. This movie also had the chance to show something that has never been shown before in any of the movies. Not all the animals came back bad. Most just came back stupid, like something trying to be the animal but didn't know how. In the whole book only the bull and Church came back vicious. Jud's dog was just dumb and lived to a ripe old age. If there is a prequel or a sequel I wish this would be addressed.

All in all I enjoyed the movie. I recommend it. I am glad I saw it in a theater (largely by myself) and I will get it on blu ray when it comes out. But it will sit beside its predecessor as an almost, but not quite, equal. Because, just like being dead, sometimes the original is better.
 
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Brittney

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Well I saw the new Pet Sematary and I have been thinking a lot about it. I'd have posted this sooner but i wanted to wait until i was sure just about everyone had seen it or heard about (honestly they give most of the movie away in the trailer)the changes.

Those changes worried me. I've seen good changes in Stephen King movies and I've seen bad ones. Personally, Pet Sematary is close to a perfect work. it's a simple story that loses nothing in translation. But if I could deal with the changes to It and the Dark Tower I told myself I could deal with the changes to The path beyond the woods in Ludlow...
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First off I will always love the original movie. It is my favorite Stephen King film. It is the only one that scared me. Could it have been better? Maybe, but it could stand on it own. It deserved sequels, prequels...but I am still debating if it needed remade. If this had been about a new family I'd be 98% on board with the story. I really enjoyed this movie. The only problem I had with the remake was the problem I had with Pet Sematary Two...and that involves the dead bringing back the dead. That violates the main point of the whole story. Leaving someone alive to keep using the place was the whole reason Gage didn't kill Louis straight off. If not for this I would give the remake full marks. The place wants to be used by the living, having the dead do it throws he whole thing off.

The remake got a lot of things right. it showed how addictive the place was. it showed the real power and other worldliness of the place. It showed the fact that some of the towns folk knew about the place. The mythology was there, far more than was in the original. Yeah they kinda turned Jud into the creepy old uncle rather than a father figure, but it fit with the other changes. It also showed that the beings that come back are still alive after a fashion and aren't some escapees from Dawn of the Dead. This was not a zombie movie. The moments with the resurrected Ellie playing mind games was some quality film-work. She deserves an award.

But it felt like Ellie was the only one who got a character arc in the story. The book was about Louis and even though Gage's death was tragic it wasn't the main focus. Louis, a rational man, goes insane at the prospect of power. The original movie showed it (sometimes a little silly, but come on...) but this one didn't. The good doctor jumps from not believing to 'okay i'm gonna do this' pretty quick. This movie also had the chance to show something that has never been shown before in any of the movies. Not all the animals came back bad. Most just came back stupid, like something trying to be the animal but didn't know how. In the whole book only the bull and Church came back vicious. Jud's dog was just dumb and lived to a ripe old age. If there is a prequel or a sequel I wish this would be addressed.

All in all I enjoyed the movie. I recommend it. I am glad I saw it in a theater (largely by myself) and I will get it on blu ray when it comes out. But it will sit beside its predecessor as an almost, but not quite, equal. Because, just like being dead, sometimes the original is better.
thats a creepy photo you posted lol but i enjoyed the movie, i need to re read the book to compare. This movie and the book just leave you feeling dark, and almost like a cloud hanging over
 
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