Playing With Fire Really Puts Out The Competition


from the New York Post

Tony Seidl

Playing with Fire was supposed to come out on March 20, 2020, but Sonic The Hedgehog had problems with the CGI character, so Playing with Fire took over that movie date and it officially came out on November 8, 2019. I watched the movie Playing with Fire on a packed opening weekend with my friends and I loved it.

The movie has a really cool start with a skyline view of California. The first person you see is the main man, Jake Carson (John Cena), and his crew of smokejumpers (“A firefighter who parachutes into the site of a forest fire.”) They don’t get any credit for their work and not many people really even know there is such a thing as a smokejumper. When Carson is flirting with an animal rescuer Dr. Amy Hicks (Judy Greer), the smokejumpers get alerted to a fire in the middle of nowhere and find three kids, Brynn (Brianna Hildebrand), Will (Christian Convery), and Zoey (Finley Rose Slater), stuck in the house. The movie follows all of them through their journey of hardships, like the kids running away and Jake Carson’s family issues.

Playing with Fire really does a good job showing you that some jobs, like smokejumpers, are very underrated even though they do important things. It also does a good job showing that kids can be a handful. This movie has humor that can be appreciated by adults and kids, so it keeps the kid-friendly vibe but adults will enjoy it too.

This movie could have been more interesting if we found out what the kids did after the incident and how they survived for so long by themselves. Playing with Fire is a 9.2/10 because it makes you really smile and laugh, but it could talk about the little things more.

I would recommend this movie because it has a lot of comedy and it tugs at your heartstrings. It has adventurous kids who get to explore a smokejumper’s house. In the end, the kids and the adults get to know each other and that is what makes this movie so special.