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I'm still not entirely convinced we needed another Pet Sematary, but Pet Sematary (2019) does change enough from the original/source material to create a fresh experience - even if it subverts to the point of shouting "Hey! Remember that scene from the original Pet Sematary? We're doing it DIFFERENT!"
Great performances and a creepy (but not chilling) atmosphere are enough to make me recommend this one but I do think audiences will end divided based on rather they love or hate the ending.
I seem to be largely in the minority here but I was extremely disappointed and underwhelmed.
I loved Get Out and there is no doubt that Jordan Peele is a fantastic filmmaker - this is a gorgeous film - but the actual story just didnâ(TM)t work for me.
The twist could be seen from Outer Space even though it makes little sense, the comedic elements are out of place and are often cringe worthy, and the characters often make choices that are completely horror-film-shake-your-head-dumb decisions.
I remain a Jordan Peele fan but Iâ(TM)m unfortunately not a fan of Us.
While the most obvious comparison would be the amazing Rom Com spoof They Came Together, the film that stuck ok to me while watching Isnâ(TM)t It Romantic was Enchanted. Watching the musical numbers in particular, I had the same uncontrollable smile I felt when seeing Enchanted for the first time more than a decade ago.
This films a little predictable and, sure, itâ(TM)s completely guilty of using the same tropes itâ(TM)s lampooning but a funny, heartfelt film that features the wonderfully talented Betty Gilpin on the big screen more than makes up for those small flaws.
I'm an admitted sucker for the Neeson-seeks-revenge + some mode of transportation genre, so this one gets a few points for being just that. It also has to be praised for some creative means of storytelling (I haven't seen the original so maybe it deserves that praise?).
But ultimately, Cold Pursuit attempts to be both a serious revenge flick and a sophomoric comedy and the tones just fell to balance. That combined with the weird and random subplots and randomly appearing character motivations make for an overall disjointed film.
Though the soul of the film is unabashedly a "Greatest Hits" of one of Rock's greatest bands and frontmen, its the quiet moments (particulary scenes featuring Freddie's father and the love of his life - Mary) that provides its heart.
Oh, and in case you didn't know, Rami Malek delivers a truly epic performance.