Length: 2h 15min
Genres: 80's, Horror
A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, begins hunting children.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Chase Palmer (screenplay), Cary Fukunaga (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
I recently read It, so the story line and characters are fresh in my mind. I was prepared for this, mainly because my hubby read some spoilers and found out that this is only Chapter One, which means that just one portion of the story is told.
I was a bit surprised that it was only the view from when they were children but as I thought about it, from a movie making perspective, I realized the plot lines and times can get very confusing. There are so many characters, so many different things happening, that creating a linear plot line is a good thing.
That said, I was surprised that they missed quite a few of the elements that made the kids who they were. The bathroom scene with Beverly was fantastic, but they missed the part where she told her dad that she saw a spider and he chocked it all up to being womanly frights. They also never used Eddie’s inhaler. He does use his inhaler, more than halfway through the movie, but that inhaler was a part of who Eddie was, so I don’t think it was used enough.
There are also some parts at the end that do not make sense from an entire plot perspective. How the kids kill IT isn’t utilized at all. They had to use their imagination to overcome this hideous, frightening thing, and it was only that imagination that made the kids stronger and smarter, than IT. None of that was in the movie. The implications for this is that they now have to create scenarios for how they are going to kill IT later. They didn’t use Eddie’s inhaler, Bill didn’t go into the beyond, none of that happened so when they are adults they cannot remember those strengths.
One strength that I loved was the fact that the kids were stronger together than apart. IT was picking them off, easily, but together they were able to overcome the fear of it all. So, while many things were overlooked or fully changed, it was a very decent movie.
There were some scary parts, especially when you think this is happening to children. But, for me, it wasn’t quite as frightening as the book. There were some moments when IT jumps out and it’s freaky, for sure, but I didn’t feel the creep factor build. I missed that part of the anticipation. That said, it was creepy throughout, so I’m not even sure how they could build on it. The first two minutes of the movie are rather gruesome!
Taking a minute to talk about Pennywise, Bill Skaarasgard is amazing. I loved, LOVED him. He was perfect for this role. I’m so glad he and the kids, are signed for Chapter two. I love a great villian. And Pennywise is a fantastic, creepy, scary as villain that may come to haunt your nightmares!
In short: I definitely recommend this. I cannot wait to see it again. Best Stephen King adaptation I’ve seen. I absolutely loved the 80’s vibe, the Stephen King vibe, and the Goonies, all rolled into one. It was a phenomenal movie that many will enjoy, not just horror fans.