Let's put this as simply as possible: this movie is the much-needed mainstream version of the novel. While Tim Curry's portrayal of the dancing clown had us cheering for IT to win, this version gives you a lovable gang of kids who steal the show. No disrespect to Bill Skarsgard, but he is, after all, playing the villain. It takes an INCREDIBLY powerful performance to sway the audience into supporting such an evil being, and he fell short of that mark, albeit mostly because of the great kids. Nice scares, good story.
I wanted and expected a difficult watch when I bought this on blu-ray after missing ya cinematic release but was kind of underwhelmed by what I saw. A few of the characters seem to not gel and are slightly annoying and mostly uninteresting letting down what's on the whole a strong string of performances, the horror aspect however is the biggest issue with little to no surprise scares or features that aren't played up in the marketing materials, the designs however felt genuinely creepy and for the most part the story, cast etc. Is strong giving a decent watch but not quite a new horror classic
I liked this movie, it is a classic Stephen King book (not movie). Its set in Maine in the 80's, its a simpler time, there is a backstory that slowly unfolds to give you a solution which have been handy at the start and there is some omnipotent creature
I read IT 20 years ago, haven't picked it up since but I remember some of the big themes in that writing style SK used and they had to be added to this movie, with vary success.
First of all this movie is split it into two parts whereas in the LONG book they flick back and forth as their forgotten memories return, only remembering how they defeated Pennywise as kids 9/10ths into the book so they can use it now
The movie attempts the flashbacks and poor memory recall which is perceived as bad editing
Another was how Pennywise was able to accomplish so much carnage without anyone noticing.That's because of the whole manipulating your mind thing
For Movie makers this is gold as it allows them to make main players make stupid decisions and therefor keep the movie rolling on without blaming poor writing and reverting to the old obligatory horror movie ethos "lets split up"
This book came out around the same time as Nightmare on Elm St (which is referenced in the movie) with a similar theme using your dreams/nightmares/emotions. Its not that new now but this movie does a good job of it. Bring on part two.
Books have been the basis for films for decades as filmmaking has advanced in technology and have become better able to take the stories from page to screen. Stephen King's dark original tale of a shape-shifting alien that feeds upon the fear of its victims was first turned into a two episode TV miniseries. Although the first part of the series is decent and the portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown by Tim Curry is truly terrifying, the climax that takes place 27 years after the first part of the story is not only acted poorly but also is severely anti-climactic. Despite this lack of horror from the original, it scared me so much when I first saw it at the age of 10 it gave me a phobia of clowns. When I heard that they were remaking It into an actual full-length film, my roommate insisted that it was time to get over my fear of clowns by going to see this film. After first watching the miniseries we went and watched It in theaters. Not only was I able to successfully get over my fear of clowns over a decade after it had been instilled in me, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Oftentimes when a film is centered around child actors, I go into it with a healthy dose of skepticism as more often than not the child actors are either bad actors or simply annoying. My skepticism was misplaced however for this film. Each actor and actress slipped into their characters easily and did so not only naturally, they stayed in character the whole time. The beating heart of this movie is the Losers Club, a ragtag team of preteens facing not only the pressures of growing up and bullies, but also the hungry appetite of an evil presence that changes into their worst fears. On a technical level, this film does a great job of creating a whole world for the audience to be sucked into, from the set design to the costuming to the even the smallest details such as which movies are playing in the town's movie theater, the production designer and director worked together in obvious lockstep on this production to give an authentic 1980's feel to the film. There are a few shots that slip out of focus around the edges for a few seconds that were distracting and some of the interactions with Henry Bowers, the town bully, were unbelievably over-the-top, but all in all these nitpicks did little to take away from the film as a whole. Finding that seemingly elusive balance of both humor and horror, this full-length film adaption of It does not only the source material justice but also stands solidly upon its own two feet, or rather, floats easily on its own two feet.