Written by: MistressOf Horror
A love story. between a boy and his car
Okay, everyone knows one of these guys. The gear heads who are obsessed with restoring a vehicle of a certain make, model and year. They will do anything to restore an old clunker to glory - well this is Arnie Cunningham(Keith Gordon) and before he found Christine,( a 1958 Plymouth Fury,) he was a nobody. A geek pushed around by the bullies at school, his hopes and dreams controlled by his parents at every turn. He's saved a few bucks and decided to invest in an automobile he has found for sale by the roadside. From the start, his best friend Dennis (John Stockwell) tries to warn him that Christine is a hunk o' junk, and a bunch of grief but Arnie seems to see beyond the beat up exterior and sees nothing but the beauty of Christine. She's a 1958 Plymouth Fury,
As he restores the old rust bucket, strange things begin to happen. One by one, anyone who crosses Arnie (or Christine) seems to meet with an unfortunate end. As a matter of fact, anyone too close to Arnie better watch out - even his newfound girlfriend Leigh (Alexandria Paul) and best friend Dennis are not safe. Especially when they begin to suspect that there is more to Christine than meets the eye...
Beyond being a story about a man and his car, Stephen King's Christine is a story about teenage metamorphosis and the desperate want to fit in somewhere. We all remember what it was like to be tormented as a teenager, or if not, we knew of a teenager who was tormented. I think this is why the movie hits a chord with so many. Though the movie doesn't really hold up to the book, it is good in it's own respect. I find that most Stephen King books just don't translate well onto the big screen unless they are made into a mini-series. There is just too much detail to cram into a 90-120 minute movie.
but all in all ,a very very good story..