Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences (Google).
I remember my dad showing me the 1989 version of “Pet Sematary” in my senior year of High School and I thought it was an interesting concept. As years went by, and we started getting more Stephen King adaptations, I felt like “IT” and “Pet Sematary” needed a revamp. We already got that treatment for “IT” in 2017, which became really successful, and now we have one for “Pet Sematary”. As far as Stephen King adaptation goes, how is this one?
One positive thing I’ll say about this film is they definitely nail the atmosphere in this film. The Pet Sematary is creepy, which includes creepy little kids in animal masks that make a ritual out of this- but the woods beyond the cemetery has a foreboding feel and you can tell something supernatural is at work in the woods.
Jason Clarke does a good job as Luis Creed. He gets the solemn tone of the character down, and he does a good job of portraying the obsessive nature that the character later develops. Amy Seimetz does an excellent job as the mom of balancing a lot of emotions in the film. And John Lithgow brings heart and humanity to the film.
One thing I can definitely say about this film is that there are certain artistic liberties that are taken in this film- some of it works, but some of it doesn’t. I didn’t like how exposition heavy the beginning of the film was, but once they got that stuff out of the way, the filmmakers were free to go as crazy as they wanted- and boy does it go crazy.
I feel like the ending to this film is gonna split a lot of audience members. For me personally, I felt like the ending leaves a lot to be desired, I get what they were going for- I just don’t feel like they were quiet able to nail it.
I feel like this movie is an improvement over the 1989 film, however the film still has its fair share of issues, but I liked some of the changes that were made in this version.
With all that being said, I’ll give the 2019 version of “Pet Sematary” a 7.5/10 or a C+