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Christine (movie)

3 Ratings: 2.3
1983 film directed by John Carpenter

Based upon the novel of the same name written by Stephen King.      Christine is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1983. It tells the story of a vintage automobile apparently possessed by supernatural forces. In 1983, the … see full wiki

Director: John Carpenter
Genre: Horror
Release Date: December 9, 1983
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Christine (movie)

Arnie Cunningham has a new girlfriend and her name is Christine.

  • Aug 8, 2009
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Christine was another in a line of flawed Stephen King adaptations. The story is about a car that has a supernatural grip over a teenage boy. Since this movie was made by John Carpenter  I was over joyed and ecstatic to watch it. But I was disappointed by it's flaws. I mean how hard is it to keep to the original storyline? When you try too hard at something you'll always fail no matter how good your intentions are.

The movie take place in the late seventies. Two teenagers Arnold Cunningham and Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell & Keith Gordon) are driving home from school one day when they drive by a dilapidated car. For some reason Arnie is fascinated by the vehicle. His buddy Dennis knows that the car is trouble but Arnie wont listen to him and that's just the beginning of it. What has Arnie got himself into? Why is Arnie so in love with this car?  Will it affect the two friends relationship?  To find out you'll have to watch Christine.

A tepid adaption that has none of the cool stuff in it that made the book so interesting. The characters are not fleshed out enough and some of the actors aren't even motivated. john Stockwell doesn't even look like a football player and Arnie doesn't morph into a throwback character like he did in the book. That's just scraping a little off of the surface. I could go on forever. I love John Carpenter's work but this one is extremely flawed. Maybe they'll adapt this one into a mini-series. Until then some people will still fawn over this movie for reason unknown to me.


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August 08, 2009
I imagine Christine was probably one of the harder books to adapt actually.  Certainly there was more that could've been used from the book, but King's narrative in the book was also a little confusing in some spots.  For example, King never actually makes it clear if Christine is just a haunted car, or if it's Lebay's ghost driving the thing.  It was also a book which was a little... well, long.  You can't expect a book of 180,000 words to be condensed into two hours quite that easily.  I wasn't much of a big fan of the film either, but it had very little to do with it being a tepid adaptation (as King has said, "Books and Films are like apples and oranges; both are delicious, but very different")
 
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