When I signed up to review the reboot of “Stephen King’s IT”, I went in with a totally fresh mind.
I have not read the book, or seen the television movie, I found it to be slightly too scary as a youngster, and then never invested after the fact.
When I found out about the reboot, I searched and searched for the original, and could not find it!
The reboot filled in all the gaps for me, it’s almost better that I didn’t watch the broke looking TV movie or slog through 1000 pages of text.
I certainly don’t want to publish spoilers, so as is usually the case, I will provide an overview, and a summurzation of my thoughts.
This movie is terrifying, from the opening salvo to the epic conclusion, “IT” delivers like few horror movies have.
There was tension in the theater, my companion was very uncomfortable for the entire two hours.
This film is “Stranger Things” on steroids, a horrifying psychological coming of age story that is driven by a heroic group of children.
The horror in the film is old fashioned, more costumes than CGI, and because it’s set in the early 90’s, the retro feel of the film is genuine.
“IT” is violent, but it’s the physcological terrors in the movie that will screw people up after the fact.
Have fun sleeping after this thrill ride.
There is scenes in the film that will stick with people for years, and quite often it has nothing to do with gore, or murder, the producers found a way to transport viewers back to childhood, and remind all of us why we were afraid of the dark.
The film lives up to it’s namesake, this might be the greatest Stephen King film adaptation of all time, and it easily could spawn an entire new line of remakes.
The film also broaches controversial subjects, and at times, the social commentary is more disturbing than the clown.
The children spend an awful amount of time talking about sex, it’s almost over the top, at some point, 10 year old boys spewing adult humor loses it’s appeal.
The adults in the film, and the “cool” kids at school, are as evil as Pennysworth himself.
Child abuse is explored in very ugly fashion, especially by the parents in the film.
Sexual abuse, emotionaltorture, physical beatings, bullying, if you have issues watching kids get hurt, don’t buy a ticket to this movie.
There is also questions about the writing.
The film is incomplete, lazy at certain points, my biggest beef is the lack of mythos surrounding Pennysworth the Clown.
The clown is an amazing villian, it’s difficult even looking at him, but there is not much backstory on him, or his motivations, which was an epic fail by the director.
Not everyone has read the book.
You have to add context, there has to be academic elements of the film that fully explain the monsters motivations, there was a few moments in which the writers come close, but they fell short, which I found to be undermining to a truly entertaining film.
The score is well done, and the visual depiction of early 90’s Maine is spot on.
This was an important film, not only did it kick off an awesome new franchise, but leaves open the possibility that this is the start of a new Stephen King cinematic universe.
Which makes the film somewhat of a triumph, and a must see for moviegoers
Tastie Fish Rating: 3 Stars out of 5