It’s the most wonderful time of the year! By this I mean Fall! (Winter can head to the back of the fucking line with all that ice and shit.) Autumn is far superior with the exception of tropical weather and pumpkin spice lattes… But even the latter get a pass, because I’m kind. Besides the PSL, do you know what other exciting but sometimes severely disappointing event happens around this time of year? That’s right kids, it’s horror movie season!! *Jumps for joy.*
What I truly had not realized until just a few weeks ago was how chicken shit my little network of friends are. I asked several of them to go to the movies with me. (I was even willing to pay!) and was denied each time. They’re all scaredy cats. Seriously. None are willing to bite the bullet and take on monsters, ghosts or demons with me. That means no haunted houses, no thrillers, no corn mazes. Nothing.
I might need new friends.
Luckily, a lone buddy of mine (THANK YOU MILES) was kind enough to offer his company, so we set forth, purchased tickets, and prepared ourselves for a night of torment and torture from our favorite sadistic clown.
I was excited for IT. For the first time on a lonnnnng time I was stoked to see a movie before the damn thing came out and had reviews on it. And here I am now, reviewing the damn thing. The previews for this film were spot on, and had me hooked long before the release date of the movie. It was all I heard about on Bizarre states *CLOWN CORNER!* for the last year, and clowns seemed to be everywhere over the course of 2017. Whether it was a grassroots publicity stunt for the movie or not, I could give a shit less. It worked on me, and over half the country it seems.
For those of you who live underground, or are dead and gone;
IT is a harrowing tale about the town of Derry, Maine. When children begin to disappear, a group of young kids begin to search for clues to the mysteries. Instead, they uncover their biggest nightmares and must square off against the Pennywise the clown, a terrifying fear monger, whose history of murder and mayhem dates back for centuries.
I was nervous, but in an excited way. Was this going to live up to the film I watched over and over for decades? Would this new Pennywise be a disappointment simply because they were not Tim motherfucking Curry? What will this movie look like if Stephen King isn’t involved in the making? I had many questions, all of which would be answered as soon as I plopped into my seat with my giant bucket of popcorn.
So what happened when I actually saw the film, you ask? I was fucking blown away. That’s what. From the scenery to how the movie played perfectly close enough to the cuff. There was little to be put off by. Shall I elaborate? I shall. Let us go on a journey…
We are going to start with my absolute favorite thing about this film. And also the reason that we now have Pennywise slash fic. (You sick fucks know who you are.)
He’s like a young Steve Buscemi, but in like a hot way. When dressed in the garb of Pennywise, he’s absolutely terrifying. Seriously. They way his demeanor changes so quickly while talking to Georgie in the first few moments is legitimately bone chilling, not to mention his weird lip thing and slightly fishy eyeballs. It all culminates into the character that seems very other worldly, yet completely tangible. He never tries to be Tim Curry, but instead, creates a creature of his own that is fully developed and capable of scaring the shit out of you.
Three weeks before the film was due to begin shooting, director Cary Fukunaga walked away from IT after having to deal with several setbacks. That’s when director Andy Muschetti stepped in. Muschetti took over the directing reigns and created a masterpiece that managed to maintain the original story’s structure while making his own creation that is unique and thrilling as a separate film. The comedy, and flow of the film made it palatable, while his little tricks made genuine scares for both the cast and his audience. One thing I think is pretty fucking rad is that Andy made sure Skarsgard didn’t meet the kids until he showed up on set fully incharacter for Pennywise. Smart tactics make for great horror.
Speaking of the kids in the movie; they were everything they needed to be. The acting was fantastic and their chemistry made you feel as if you were one of them. They were campy, but in every way that they should have been. I was a fan. Plus, they were legitimately funny. Their dialogue ebbed and flowed seamlessly while still maintaining it’s corny ‘Breakfast Club’ vibe.
I hate talking shit about movies that I love. But I wouldn’t be able to write these reviews unless I spoke my truth. There was legit, very little that I did not like about the movie, but I did find myself missing a few things from the original that should have been fleshed out in this adaptation.
One of my main frustrations was the fact that the Loser’s Club was not made of the kids I once knew. Sure, their names may have been the same, they may have bore slight similarities, but their roles had changed. And not in a way that I particularly enjoyed. Mike’s character was hit the hardest in this scenario, his brilliance and research that plays a key role when they grow up was taken away from him, and given to Ben, I’m assuming, to give his character more klout for the future. But what does this mean for Mike? We can’t be sure, but I wish they had developed his character more and not taken away so much of what makes him an individual and necessary for the plot.
The Loser’s Club was a little lost on me.
The same can be said for how lighthearted everyone was about Eddie’s issues with his mother. Not to be absurdly PC, but 2017 is far different of a time than 1986. These issues are frightening and should be recognized as dangerous. I feel like there was the potential to speak up on behalf of Eddie and the abuse he received from his mother, but the ball was dropped without anyone bothering to pick it up in the first place.
The Vagueness of when this film took place made things a little messy for me. I’m sure that was to give it a vintage feel as the kids were supposed to be growing up in the 50’s via the book, but instead, it felt like a cheap shot at the 80’s instead with present day scenarios. Certain things felt out of place while others seemed to be a little out of touch.
The CGI was overdone. Everyone in this movie is perfectly scary on their own. Bill maintained an ethereal presence while Beverly’s dad and even Eddie’s mom gave me the shivers. They really didn’t need the assistance. It hindered rather than helped.
In the end…
Buy tickets to the movie, take friends to see the movie. This is what going to the theater is all about, especially this time of the year. Wrap up and get cozy in that creepy nostalgia.
Go see IT. Even if just for Bill Skarsguard’s fishy eyeballs and Buscemi likeness. Please no more slash fic though.
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Hopefully that just confused you as much as it did me. Good Jump scares, great nostalgia. Go see it in the theater!