So, I finally did it. After weeks of hype, fuss and hullabaloo, I finally caved and dragged my ass to the movies for the first time in 4 years and saw the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. After surfing through a sea of praise, high ratings and creepy cretin fan-fictions and all kinds of weird shit surrounding it, I said fuck it and payed 15 bucks for a ticket and sat my ass down in the theater to give it a watch for myself. It’s a decision that shifted back and forth between saving the small modicum of cash that I have left in my pocket at the moment or following the herd and pissing it away for the 900th fucking remake that everyone get’s their nipples hard over that would most likely and unsurprisingly not live up to the hype. However, after finally feasting my eyes on it, I honestly have to say *drum roll*… that I enjoyed it! This may have been the most enjoyable remake I’ve seen to date and it definitely does the original justice and even surpasses it. The only problem I really had with it was seeing it in the theater, which reminded me why I usually don’t go to the movies… because people don’t SHUT THE FUCK UP! But otherwise, I was entertained all throughout and my money wasn’t wasted. *phew*
Now, i’m not gonna go back and forth between this and the original and compare the two in every single goddamn aspect, as I don’t really care for the original; i’m just gonna talk about this one and why I enjoyed it. This is one of those cases where I feel the original was weak and would actually benefit from a remake. The same goes for a lot of other “classics” that everyone jocks these days. There are indeed a lot of remakes that are unnecessary, but i’m not fully against them. I feel like the original IT suffers from being too dated and cheesy for it’s own good and it’s concept would work much better with the special effect technology we have now and our ability to make things look even more gruesome than back then, so I’m just going to focus on this film in and of itself. As we know, the plot follows a group of nerdy kids known as the Losers Club who go on somewhat of an escapade to solve the mystery surrounding their hometown of Derry, following the disappearance of one of the kids, Bill’s younger brother, Georgie, which we all know what went down from the jump. Needless to say, in a non-spoiler way, shit goes down. A lot of shit. Way down.
This is a very well done and refreshing reboot of what was originally a weak and uninteresting film in my opinion. It’s undoubtedly an upgrade with some very grotesque visuals that don’t rely too much on CGI, which I totally thought it would, and quite a few creepy moments. There’s also a fair hint of comedy thrown in, thanks mostly to this wise-cracking little fuck
The jokes and insults are used fairly heavily but not to the point of turning the entire movie into a laugh fest. Things are serious when they need to be with the comic relief only serving as just that. Richie was the perfect character to provide that relief and does and fantastic job at doing so. The film takes place in 1988 (which is a pretty significant shift, as the original takes place in 1960) and does a fine job in capturing the essence of the time period. It’s very reminiscent of films like The Goonies or Stand by Me… or Super 8 (bleh). The “kids going on an adventure” trope may be kind of overused at this point, but it works just fine here. I had no gripes. Each of these kids had their own backstory and sense of significance to the story that explains what fears they had for IT to tap into and take form of to use against them. As we know, Pennywise is just one form of IT, which is an omnipresent force that has it’s grip on the town of Derry and controls it, including the inhabitants. Pennywise just serves as it’s main form because many people fear clowns.
Also, big ups to Bill Skarsgård for his portrayal of Pennywise. He fit the role like a glove and knocked it out of the park. He looks just as creepy as a human as he does as a clown, so it works perfectly, which is strange because he’s now also the star of weird, perverted Tumblr fanwhores’ sick fantasies. What else is new, right? Anyway, great performance!
So anyway, i’m trying not to make this an essay and my reviews are spoiler-free, so i’m gonna wrap it up here. Overall, I was a pleasantly surprised by how this one turned out and very much entertained. The remake indeed did the original justice. Like I said, I’m not a fan of the original and I think it’s very dated, so an upgrade was much needed. The effects were better, the visuals were creepier, and the story was told in a much better way, the comic relief didn’t overshadow the film as a whole, and the updated Pennywise is much freakier and looks much more unnatural and distorted than the original. The kids did a great job in their roles, especially Finn Wolfhard as Richie and Sophia Lillis as Beverly. I wouldn’t exactly say this movie was “scary”, but it does have a lot of creepy and grotesque moments. Again, no spoilers, see it for yourself. I probably won’t be going to the movies again for another several years, until I forget how annoying people are, but this time was worth it. So I recommend it. Buy an unnecessarily expensive ticket and go check it out!
Until next time.