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|09.08.17||Cinemark Pflugerville|| So Stephen King's IT was the first "grown up" book I ever read. My mom described some of the story when she was reading it and something about the cover really hooked me so as soon as I felt I was able, I tackled the thousand-page monster. I was, like, 12. I think I first read It around the time that the TV mini-series aired. I thought that the show wasn't so great, but Tim Curry gave a great performance and the central story was still strong enough to bear a few repeat views through the years.|
Now this movie, swapping the 80s for the original 50s stuff and the promise of a sequel for the original 80s stuff. I heard a vaguely positive buzz.
It was ok. Even chopping the book in half, it's hard to fit it all into one movie. The book has the luxury of making all 7 kids main protagonists (well, 6 and a half), but for this film they had to center on Bill. So all the other kids seem a little shallow in comparison. And the time push makes part of the film seem like you're watching the same scene 3 or 4 times as each kid gets creeped out by Pennywise. But they threw in more details about the town's history than the mini-series did and I'm very happy for that. They stayed relatively close in terms of plot and character... about as much as you can ask for, really. Maybe it's because i'm so familiar with the story already but it just didn't have that oomph for me.
Again: not bad, decent, ok, they didn't completely fuck it up like I hear The Dark Tower was... but putting a lego turtle in one scene does not mean you included the cosmic scale of the book and for all the late 80s movie titles on the marquee it would've been really cool to see some replacement for the Tennaged Werewolf scene from the book.
But still, for the most part I thought Pennywise was good. I really liked the travelling eye stuff they did. The mouth stuff was great. The voice... maybe a bit much? but whatever. It felt very "modern" horror... I did really like the final confrontation though. That was well done.
Also, i sat near a teenage boy and his mom for this. Kudos to the kid for wanting to see it, but tell your mom to shut the hell up.