Format: Amazon Watch Party
Director: Mark L. Lester
Firestarter (1984) is a 90 minute movie that the studio inexplicably decided needed to be 2 full hours. A taut 90 minutes would have not given me time to ponder "why is this happening? Why is anyone doing what it is they are doing? Why would anyone be this dumb?"
But the movie is 120 minutes, and so I did think these things.
I don't blame director Mark L. Lester, who brought us Commando and Bobbi Jo and the Outlaw, because I think he did some stuff in this movie very well, but there's just too much movie here, which is an editing problem. And, he didn't write the script. I also don't blame Tangerine Dream, who provided the score and who are not at their best here.
I don't blame Drew Barrymore, who is a child in this movie. Nor do I blame Martin Sheen or George C. Scott, Louise Fletcher or Art Carney. I might be blaming everyone else. This movie is boring and makes no sense, and for a movie that's 120 minutes so they can explain stuff but that just keeps making things worse, that's a feat.