‘Firestarter’ Isn’t a Stephen King Movie. It’s a Four-Alarm Disaster

This new adaptation of the story of a girl with psychokinetic powers — and a penchant for pyrotechnics

Blumhouse's new adaptation of Stephen King's seminal scarebook Firestarter, from 1980

But the finished product is a bland retelling of a story that, here in 2022

It needed an extra jolt to bring it back and have it stand out among today's super-powered rabble

Firestarter, as a King story, is naturally more wicked than other kid fables

Which tend to lean toward family-friendly adventure

But remaking this story without adding anything particularly new or making it scarier just leaves it defenseless

And feeling wholly unoriginal in the mutant landscape despite it being one of the first stories of its kind.

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