Firestarter ★★★

More of an anti-superhero origin story in the vein of Brightburn with deliberate riffs off Man of Steel than a straightforward horror; this film feels remarkably tame compared to Stephen King's more established work, more grounded with almost a network TV pilot feel to it that shows especially in its CGI effects budget. Firestarter is unfortunately muted and a bit too obsessed with getting straight to the point - it feels like it was missing a middle act and just has the first one and goes straight to the finale; which feels like it ends as it's just getting started. The co-scored John Carpenter soundtrack is a delight, though.

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