In a way, it makes sense that IT is now the highest grossing horror film of all time in the US, because it's by design more silly/fun/friendly than scary, a crossover hit more for slumber parties than audacious deviants. When it's vague with its mythos and shallow in tying the horror to psychologically resonant ideas, that's a problem. When some of the 13-year-olds are annoying, that may just be verisimilitude.
Highly reminiscent of the Netflix series "Stranger Things", but where the children have been utterly abandoned by dysfunctional or ineffectual parents. A failure as a shocking horror movie, its real chilling vibe is its representation of a world where children have to become self-sufficient. 2.5*
The first half drags a bit with introducing all the kids, Pennywise and the historical background but then it picks up. While it isn't scary 'per se' it's a triumph for modern horror, the characters are nicely rounded, the surrounding plots (with the hypochondriac mum, abusive dad...) are engrossing, the aesthetics and a nice score along with good acting by everyone involved makes this a winner.
I liked very much that IT takes place during the time I myself was a kid. Was very much taken w/ many of the details that grounded it squarely in the period (love that Young Fresh Fellows poster!). I also responded to this notion of childhood as perilous and very much embattled. Pennywise was far less relatably disturbing than the parents. I generally found the typical-of-our-time "horror" tactics very tiresome.
would be kind of nice to see a major motion picture that isn't simply a bunch of shit you already know you like because you saw it already when you were a kid, strung together purely by charm. this was fine though
It's all very well explained in the article below, so I won't even bother once again, repeating the same story over and over again. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/09/it-movie-stephen-king-beverly-marsh-story-change-book-difference
And please, fellow screenwriters who adapt novels like this one: GROW A PAIR. Of boobs, of course.↴
i genuinely enjoyed IT, the characters were great and penywise got a good amount of screentime.
I don't understand how something can look silly and be scary at the same time. this is the first time where I feel like I'm scared but also kind of laughing. Pennywise looks kind of silly, but some of the scenes were scary. Not "shit your pants" scary, but very unsettling.
10/10 for the gazebo joke alone
**1/2. A digest of 'Carrie', 'The Shining' and 'Stand by Me'. It could have been called 'The Young Girl and the Blood' as, all in all, Sophia Lillis's emerging womanhood appears as the catalyst of this story meant to scare kids, teenagers and neurotic adults. Almost already forgotten.