Seldom does a remake outgun the original. The very reason a remake is made is that people couldn’t have enough of it the first time. And people couldn’t have enough of it is because the original was too good. Same is the case with IT. If people tell you that IT isn’t as good as the legendary 1990 Tim Curry starred then they are probably true – But it doesn’t mean the movie is shit. Coz it so so ain’t. We present you the IT review.
IT maybe the best movie to have been released this year. I Shit you not.
The movie succeeds in creating a creepy, town atmosphere (same as in the miniseries) from the very first scenes. A feat among itself. The iconic sewer scene is the first amongst many to take everyone’s breath away. One moment everyone is talking about cotton candy and popcorn and the other moment BAM!! You got no arm. One moment you are looking at a creepy ass painting and BOOM!! Like Valak from the conjuring the painting is looking at you. Fine genuine scares are just lying all over the place.
The one that really stole the show as Pennywise was Tim Curry. Every 90’s kid has had nightmares about him. While Bill Skarsgard can never hope to top him he still has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. Tricks to make you scream and squirm in bed at night once you see his haunting little smile. Not everyone could have pulled off Pennywise but after Curry, Skarsgard is the next best thing.
The previous movie had the spotlight on Pennywise the Dancing Clown. In this movie, the focus though is mostly on the Losers Club. Their daily lives, their struggles, their friendship, and bonding, their overcoming their fears. The movie is like a coming of age tale. Pennywise maybe the villain and the supposed prima facie but it’s the losers club that is actually on stage most of the time. A decision that proved to be controversial for many diehard fans. For everyone else, it works just as well.
IT’s Losers Club with its seven club members have an adventure of a lifetime here. I gotta warn you though the movie even though stars kiddies, has quite a bit of profanity (So if you want to have a family outing, watch out 😉 ). But the movie still somehow manages to use that as entertainment value. Watch out for Richie Tozier aka Finn Wolfhard – the kid with the wittiest and dirtiest one liners of the century. Tony Stark ain’t got nothing on this tot.
The casting and the story may not have been perfect but who the hell cares I was there for Pennywise. And once you watch the movie you will be rooting for Pennywise too. My only regret was Bill was just too awesome as the sinister clown but didn’t have enough screen time to make us gulp our beating hearts back into the chest. A little more screen time and a bit more character space could have really hit the movie a home run.
The 2017 adaptation may not have a foundation as rock hard as the 90’s nightmare. But IT is nowhere near as ‘laughably-funny’ as viewers put it to be. The plot is thick and promising and quite a few scenes have been cut. But it doesn’t affect the story telling in any way. I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if IT wins a barrage of awards in the great podiums of international cinema in the near future. It is a welcome exit from the old (and generic) jump scare laden horror movies into a more in-depth approach to the mystery thriller genre with enough juice to suck the juice out of you.
Go Watch IT. It is well worth it. You will float too 😉
- Indepth Character Development
- Skarsgard's spooky portrayal of Pennywise
- Top Notch sound effects
- Less screen time for Pennywise