IT 2017 film review

Film Review: IT (2017 Remake)

As summer draws to an end and autumn is creeping up, my spooky sense goes up to ten. I love this time of the year; the smell of dead leaves, the wind is picking up and it’s still warm, but there is a little chill in the air. Halloween draws near and I love Halloween, the last few years I watched a lot of Horror movies to give me the true Halloween experience. So what better way to start a countdown to Halloween than a good scary movie?

As a kid I was a bookworm, my mom and dad stimulated my brother and me to read from a young age. We went to the library to pick up books every month and I loved it. I started reading the books of Stephen King when I was about 12. I remember reading Tommyknockers, lots of short stories and of course IT. His books ignited my life long love affair with the Horror genre, be it in written or visual form. Yesterday I went to see IT and here is my review.

 

Back to Form

Stephen King has written quite some books in all kinds of different genres. From fantasy to coming of age and ofcourse horror in different shapes. His books have been recieved quite well and they are a testament to his drive and creativity. His movies on the other hand are either a hit or a miss, and more often a miss. Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining, The Green Mile, Carrie, Stand By Me and The Mist are all considered classics and must watches for fans. If you look up the list of adaptions of his works, you’ll see that these seven films are just a small part of it.

IT was released as a mini series in the 90’s and many have fond memories of it. I didn’t like it as much. The only thing I like about it is Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. Brilliant performance and to this day nightmare fuel.

The Dark Tower is his other movie out right now and the reviews are a mixed bag. My co-writer Ingrid saw it and will write her view on it.

The Story

After reading the many good reactions and reviews online and after I saw how well the movie was doing, my desire to watch it grew to gigantic proportions. For those who haven’t read the book and didn’t see the mini series here is a short synopsis: There is a lurking monster beneath the town of Derry, feeding on kids, and the movie follows the Losers Club who try to find and fight IT.

The opening of the movie immediately sets the mood, with a downpour of rain and childhood fears. Bill Denbrough helps his little brother George fold a paper boat, while he is sick in bed. Georgie goes out to play in the rain with his boat and it disappears in a storm drain. There he meets a clown named Pennywise. Georgie disappears and we flash forward to the beginning of summer.

Bill and his friends Eddie, Stan and Richie (played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard) are The Losers club, later joined by Mike, Ben and Beverly. During the movie we find out each of the kids fears and how some of them have homelives that aren’t healthy either.

The Film IT self

I loved the movie. Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise does a great job of creating an ultra creepy monster. The actors playing The Losers club do a great job and I really loved Finn Wolfhard. There are even a few nods to other Stephen King stories sprinkled through out.

I got rattled a few times during the movie, due to some really scary and disturbing scenes. The special effects are pretty well done, considering the budget was 30 million. The story is pretty faithful to the original material, luckily one of the creepiest scenes is left out of the movie. Readers of the book will know which one (the special bonding scene of the Losers Club). One of the big differences if that the timeperiod has changed from the fifties to the eighties.  The themes of coming of age, facing your fears and the transition from child to adult are all prevalent in the movie.

Conclusion

There are a few negatives, I understand it is a hell of a job to translate a book of that size faithfully to a movie and things have to be cut out. One way they did this is by splitting the book in two chapters: where they are kids and where they are adults. Some characters feel more fleshed out and get more backstory than others, which is a shame. Be prepared for a long sit, as the movie is over two hours long.

I recommend wholeheartedly to go see this movie while it is still fresh. IT’s scary and IT will leave you a little unnnerved. I can’t wait for Chapter 2 to come to theatres.

While autumn is drawing closer and the days are getting shorter again, the time is right for a good fright!

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Tom is a 38-year-old lover of everything from the big G himself, Godzilla, to Star Trek and from playing D&D to Overwatch. Codename: Dr.BadTaste, because of a love for everything Cult, weird and bad. He founded Camp Camp with friends to celebrate this and to celebrate Bad Taste! Powers: Geek of all trades, bad puns and a certain je ne sais quoi. Weaknesses: his partner, their cat named Monster and everything to do with Pugs.

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