In this week’s review we look at the classic cat versus man story – Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.
The challenges that face every feline owner can be expressed in many ways through the telling of this tale. Where to place the litterbox? What happens when your cat has scary eyes? How will your new cat buddy adapt to your toddler when they head into their terrible twos? Luckily our main character Louis has the ever helpful hand of Lieutenant Tasha Yarr of the Starship Enterprise. Together they find ways of reaching out to their feline friend and finding kindred souls within each other.
During the opening scenes you will discover what it’s like through a cat’s eyes being placed into a new environment. The people, places and even smells that we experience through our tiny narrator’s glimmering pupils will make you reconsider who really is the pet and who is the master. The troubling trials that are faced throughout a kitten’s upbringing and tackled head on by writer Stephen King in what one could say is this generations Doctor Spock, but for cats.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 tiny animal gravestones. The only blemish on this otherwise perfect profile of a cat’s life and (spoiler alert!) death is that director Mary Lambert really missed out on the opportunity to have a big name as the voice for our furry main character. Whoopi Goldberg would have given this character and life and charm that we as an audience, unfortunately missed out on.
For Here Lies, this was Matt Maxwell for this review of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.