Not Too Much Movie Review: Pet Sematary (2019)April 7, 2019
Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow
I don’t even know where to begin with Pet Sematary (2019). It gets pretty much everything wrong. It is so miserably paced, it becomes just plain boring.
There are massive changes from the source material that seem to serve absolutely no purpose in the movie. I need to stress how gigantic and seemingly pointless these changes are. They are so distracting that any emotional weight completely evaporates from the tragic scenes. This is accentuated by some really poor CGI in one very important scene.
John Lithgow is not a good Jud Crandall. That character is supposed to be sweet, wise, and a little folksy. He is supposed to have gravitas. He is weathered and worn, but also strong and sturdy—with stories to tell. He becomes a father figure to Louis, but almost none of that is on display here.
Zelda becomes Samara from the Ring movies. The Wendigo is hinted upon, but goes absolutely nowhere. One character literally roofies another. The ending is a total disaster. Don’t even get me started on the cover of the Ramones song “Pet Sematary”.
Pet Sematary (2019) has no heart, soul, or any understanding of the emotional weight of its story. It is dull and dismal. This new adaptation would have been better dead.