Perhaps my expectations were too high, but this was an unfortunate disappointment. The story made no sense as they try to explain as little as possible. Pennywise is not scary, and you might only jump in your seat from the loud sound effects. Great performance by Sophia Lillis though. If you'd like a much better version of this just watch Stranger Things.
Although cineto, visual effects & editing was good- I felt that the flow of the film kind of fell flat for me. Since there were so many focus points, the beginning felt draggy & distracting for me. At the end, I didn't even feel like the character history was justified- it was all crushed by a related but not really related event- IT.
Does justice to King's novel more than the miniseries did, and Skargård's Pennywise is almost as terrifying as Curry's, but one of the best horror films of the year? That it ain't. Relies more on the nostalgia of childhood, the parents, and the kids' relationships, but in terms of genuine horror there's very little of it, or maybe it's just composed of the usual modern horror clichés. Expected something more fresh.
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.
Era difficile riuscire a tirar fuori un pessimo film da una storia del genere. Eppure Muschietti ce l'ha fatta, trionfando nell'impresa di appiattire e svilire uno dei libri più iconici della letteratura popolare contemporanea. Non un brivido né un'emozione, solo un horror di quart'ordine e pure tronco nel finale, perchè lo storytelling moderno vuole obbligare anche il cinema alla serialità. Orribile e dannoso.
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*
(Vukekparsurleweb) Admirateur de "Mama", le 1er film du réal., j'ai été tout aussi emballé par ce "ça" très maîtrisé et visuellement splendide, qui excelle dans les nombreuses scènes cauchemardesques dont il est émaillé; et l'histoire (Stephen King oblige) reste intéressante. Je ne mets que 4 cpdt car, pour qui a déjà vu/lu du S. King (ou + récemment du "Stranger Things"), il y a un qd même un sentiment de déjà-vu...
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.
First of all, it's true, the Eighties are the new Fifties. And you can't be 27 on sugar mountain. But beyond that, do you think it was a barrel of laughs for him? Being a balding, middle-aged Elephant clown in a town populated by puerile twerps? We might at least have accorded Pennywise the same pronoun-sensitivity we granted our toy boats. Things might have been different. Anyway, to King cinema, a sleek new king.
About the same amount of weaknesses/strengths as in the miniseries. Nice dynamic between the kids, but incredibly (intentionally?) gaudy special effects and too clean overall. Skarsgard doesn't capture the cosmic horror of Pennywise, but he's hysterical enough. Sadly botched Beverlys storyline completely, reducing her to a damsel in the end. Where's the turtle?