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Review: ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ leaves franchise fans wanting more

Based on the video game franchise, the movie “Five Nights at Freddy’s” premiered Oct. 27 and is available for streaming on Peacock. (Image courtesy of Peacock)

While growing up, I have always enjoyed watching movies with my family. Typically, the movies that I’m most interested in revolve around sports or films based on true stories. So, when I went to watch the new “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie, I didn’t know what to expect.  

Based on the video game franchise, the movie features a troubled night security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. As the guard learns more about his new job, he runs into trouble with animatronics that come to life and must find a way to stop the creepy killing machines.

As someone who has not played the video game in a long time, and with low knowledge of the series, it was remarkably interesting to see how the plot played out. It displays the struggles of young adult Mike Schmidt, played by Josh Hutcherson, trying to provide a good lifestyle for his sister and himself. The emotional and timid connection between the two immediately gets the audience hooked for the rest of the movie.  

With Schmidt’s troubled past reminding him of his younger brother’s disappearance, he spends most of his time trying to relive the day he was kidnapped in hopes of remembering clues. This made me think about how I would react in a situation like this, and how I would forever be upset with myself. Many scenes in the movie put the audience members in the position of the characters in the film, and that was something I really liked because it quickly grabbed my attention.

I have heard many other opinions about the movie, and I was quite surprised to hear what others had to say about it. Many people who are not familiar with the series have similar opinions as myself, but there are others who strongly disagree. Since the film is not as scary as the actual game, these critics claim the movie was made for children, and they say the differences between the movie and the original plot confuse people.  

“The movie provided solid life lessons to be learned by whoever is watching, whether it be a young child or an adult.”

Despite the different reviews online, the movie provided solid life lessons to be learned by whoever is watching, whether it be a young child or an adult. For example, when it comes to Schmidt’s brother being kidnapped because he wasn’t being properly watched, the audience is taught to always be aware of their surroundings and to value family to the fullest. 

What made this an interesting movie were the actors and producers who put it all together. I thought Hutcherson did an outstanding job in his role, and he made me really enjoy the movie. Elizabeth Lail, who played Vanessa Monroe in this movie, turned into a fan favorite. A popular YouTuber, Cory Kenshin, played a cameo role as a taxi driver in the movie, which I thought was a terrific addition. Overall, the director, Emma Tammi, did an outstanding job of making an intense film.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed “Five Nights at Freddy’s” and thought it was well-edited. When I went to see the movie in theaters the day after it premiered, a large number of fans were left wondering what will come next for the franchise since Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria continues to be haunted by man-killing animatronics. Like many others in the theatre, I was locked in from start to finish and left thinking about the ending for days.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to New Mexico State University, the NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Kokopelli, or any other organization, committee, group or individual.

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