In the film “Riddle of Fire,” a group of adventurous kids steal a yet-to-be-released video game console, only to realize that their mom has password-protected the TV. They discover that if they buy a blueberry pie, their mom will give them the password. The film, directed by Weston Razooli, combines elements of fantasy and adventure, with the kids encountering an evil group of poachers and forming an unlikely alliance with a supernatural character. Despite some awkward edits and forced poetic references, “Riddle of Fire” captures the innocence and freedom of childhood and immerses viewers into a fun and endearing story.
The trio of kids in the film, Alice, Hazel, and Jodie, possesses a unique combination of ruthlessness, intelligence, and subtitled banter. Together, they form a gang that feels disconnected from the modern era, despite their use of technology. As they embark on their quest for the blueberry pie, they encounter an enigmatic group of poachers led by Anna-Freya and her daughter, Petal, who possess otherworldly powers. The addition of these supernatural elements adds to the fantastical nature of the film.
Although “Riddle of Fire” has some flaws, such as awkward edits and forced references, the film is incredibly endearing. It evokes nostalgia for a time when everything felt like an adventure and friends were everything. Director Weston Razooli, who also co-stars as a member of the poacher gang, ensures that viewers will root for the kids throughout their journey. Ultimately, “Riddle of Fire” effectively captures the innocence and joy of childhood, making it a delightful watch. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and will be released in early 2024.