With a whopping 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, many would say that “Five Nights at Freddy’s” did not do the game justice. To disagree, the movie did what it was supposed to do: satisfy the younger generation.
When I went to watch the movie, I saw many kids under the age of 14 dressing up as their favorite characters, even going as far as roping their parents into it.
Moving on from this point, I will be mentioning spoilers so feel free to come back after you’ve watched the movie.
A lot of the criticism of the movie talks about the plot holes and the unnecessary add-ons that were not found in the adaption’s original material; the game.
To clarify, the storyline behind Mike Schmidt, the main character, adds a younger sister named Abby, who apparently can control the animatronics and is meant to be captured by them in the end. Many say the movie should have focused on the horror aspect and kept the setting at Freddy Fazzbear’s Pizzeria where the game takes place.
However, it can be believed the building on Schmidt’s backstory is added to the movie
Some might say the movie could have been entirely focused on Freddy Fazzbear’s Pizzeria without Schmidt’s family drama but if you take out that aspect, what is there left to talk about?
Perhaps some things could have been done differently, such as completely removing that one scene where the animatronics build a fort with Abby, but horror films should still have a backstory.
Adding Abby did not destroy the storyline because she added the childish, thriller aspect to the film.
In fact, I think this movie was meant for younger audiences in general, considering the rating is PG-13. My 12-year-old brother is a huge fan of “Five Nights At Freddy’s” and he loved seeing the beloved game on the big screen. A lot of critics viewing this film through an adult lens seem to forget this movie has a specific audience in mind.
Moving on from the critics, an important thing to mention about the film is the cameos of several YouTubers from the FNAF community. CoryxKenshin, known for his gameplay videos, and Mat Pat, who made several theory videos about the series, made an appearance in the movie which fans of FNAF enjoyed.
Markiplier, the king of “Five Nights At Freddy’s,” would have also made an appearance but was unable to due to scheduling conflicts. In fact, he was meant to be the security guard at the beginning of the movie, according to Mat Pat.
All in all, I give this movie a 7/10. I do think it could have been a little bit scarier but for a game with an audience of teens, tweens and those younger, I can see why the director decided to go the friendlier route.
I enjoyed watching FNAF and not having it be exactly as the game since that would have taken the thriller aspect out of it. Hopefully, Markiplier could be in the sequel if there is one!