yeah, i wouldn't say it's bad, it's just given the pedigree it felt like a let down.
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I’m not sure I’d place all the credit with Christine being good re: teens with King. The teen stuff in Halloween is very good! I definitely appreciate it more than the mythologizing of Michael, but I think I’m unusual for enjoying that... not at all. Rewatched Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers for the first time since childhood this year. It’s a teen movie but everyone is fully fucking weird aside from thinking Brian Krause is hot. King seems totally disinterested in writing teens which made sense to me until five minutes ago bc I mostly associate him with writing either children or adults, especially if they’re boomers. Then I remembered, uh, Carrie. So maybe one or the other is an outlier or they are his only two works about teens... (unlikely, writes a lot, more than enough of it good)Watched Christine, a film I know existed but kept forgetting is a John Carpenter film. And I think I know why. With the exception of Halloween, Carpenter rarely deals with movies about teens. And even in Halloween, it is less about a "teen experience" and more about the transformation of a human into a myth. Christine is very much about teens. Of course, it helps that it is based on a King story and he's a guy who often writes about the experiences of youth. This hits a lot of the hallmarks: nerd becomes confident and "cool", friends grow apart and a character finds a new outlet. In this case, the outlet is fixing up a car and things end badly. I wouldn't put it as top tier Carpenter but it is definitely a funny little thriller. There are nice details, such as the car being so broke up at a point, it looks like a fanged mouth.
Neat fact, the guy who plays Arnie, the lead (though I think it can be debated that his cool friend is lead or co-lead) went onto become a TV director and even worked on one of my all time favourite shows known for great directing Better Call Saul. He also directed some Fargo episodes, another good looking show.