I will try to keep this IT review short. Unlike the movie ITself. IT is well made. IT has a great cast. IT was 40min too long. IT tries too hard.IT was not scary. IT is a set up for a sequel. IT was very disappointing. IT failed.
The Players : Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers, Jake Sim as Belch Huggins, Logan Thompson as Victor Criss, Owen Teague as Patrick Hockstetter, Jackson Robert Scott as Georgie Denbrough, Stephen Bogaert as Mr. Marsh, Stuart Hughes as Officer Bowers, Geoffrey Pounsett as Zack Denbrough, Pip Dwyer as Sharon Denbrough, Mollie Jane Atkinson as Sonia Kasprak, and Steven Williams as Leroy Hanlon
Directed by Andy Muschietti
I saw IT in packed theatre. There were lots of people in yellow raincoats , which I think was something the theatre had put people up to. And before the film started there was a raincoat giveaway and a girl ( i assume it was a girl ) dressed up as Pennywise who walked through the theatre.
This all took time. And time is a major issue for me regarding IT. IT is way too long, and the pace of IT is mindboggelingly slow. And IT is so repetitive I found myself just thinking “get on with IT” a lot . So making me wait an extra 10min before starting IT didn’t help much.
The film is set in the fictional town of Derry, Indiana . Here we meet the main characters of IT. A group of kids who call themselves the Losers Club.Besides that one kid from Stranger Things I couldn’t recognize any actor in the film. Which is not a bad thing at all. The kid actors are actually pretty damn good in this. The banter between them was excellent, and there was plenty of laughs throughout. The kid actors are easily the best thing in the movie.
Every kid gets their initial “scary” encounter with Pennywise The Prancing Clown and it’s here the movie gets drawn out and falls into a repetitiveness which really kills the movie for me. There are only so many times we can get the fake out jump scare before it stops working. For me it was almost instantaneous. Sadly the weakest part in the film is Pennywise.
The movie just tries so hard to be scary, but for me IT just wasn’t working. Much of that is due to the fact that I knew this story so well. And if you have seen the miniseries Im guessing it will be quite similar for you. Below is a picture of Krusty The Clown. What follows will be some spoilery sentences so this is your warning. Keep reading at your own risk, but if you’ve seen the miniseries or read the book then nothing I write will be of any surprise to you.
So the biggest problem for me was knowing that none of the main characters were EVER in any real danger during the film. I started thinking about this during the opening sequence of the film. We see Bill making a paper boat for his younger brother Georgie. But Georgie has to go to basement to get some wax. So there is this long drawn out sequence of him creeping down to the dark basement etc with some lighting effect desperately trying to make things scary. But I know what’s gonna happen, and it ain’t gonna happen in the basement. I know he will go outside. I know the boat will go down a storm drain. And I know Georgie will float.In the 90s version Georgie getting the wax from the basement takes all but 15 seconds. Now it’s a two minute scene. And the basement scene is just one of many scenes where I knew nothing was gonna happen. And it got me thinking about how this whole film was only part 1 of 2 and that none of these kids were gonna die. I kept thinking maybe they would change something up but they didn’t.There were some changes made which frankly puzzled me. The Stan character is now a jewish kid instead of being the boy scout character. And Mike is no longer the “reader” who finds all the history of the town in the library. That role has been shifted to Ben ( the fat kid ) so I wonder if he will now end up as the town librarian who calls the gang back to Derry. I have no clue why these changes were made.Maybe this was how it was in the book originally ?
The films “climax” was so underwhelming i’m sure it would win an award for it if such awards were given. And even after that it goes on for another few minutes of boring nothingness before the IT title appears with the CHAPTER ONE tag on it. The groaning in the theatre was substantial, and Im almost positive that there is a post credits scene attached to the film, but I sure as shit wasn’t gonna sit there any longer. Neither did the majority of people either. So yeah, IT Chapter Two is gonna conclude the story. I already know how it ends of course. But if the scenes of each kid being introduced to IT felt repetitive I can only imagine how all the scenes of them as grownups being called up by Mike is gonna feel. Flashbacks and all. I bet its gonna be another 2 hour borefest. The 90s version clocked it at a 3 hour total runtime (depending on the version you see ), and with IT Chapter One we’re already at 2 hours and 15 min.
Maybe if I hadn’t seen the miniseries IT would have been different for me. But the chapter one tag at the end would probably have pissed me off regardless. And I know that I don´t scare easy . I’ve seen too many of these films i guess. But a “scary” movie that fails to scare me is a failure in my eyes. Its like a comedy that fails to make me laugh. Its no good. And that is my ultimate conclusion. IT is no good. Its a well made film. And damn those kids were great. I couldn’t point out any of the kids and say “that’s the weak link” because they were all great. This new Pennywise wasn’t to my liking though. I just thought he looked rubbish really. Not much more to say really. I didn’t like IT and I can’t recommend IT.