The wait is finally over! IT has officially hit theaters, and I can say with 100% certainty that I have never looked forward to a film as much as I did this one. I was anxious and excited and nervous and couldn’t even interact like a normal person with my friends until after the film. If you read some of my previous posts, you all know that I not only had a huge expectation going into this film, but also voiced some concerns. Well I am here to let you all know that IT is worth the watch.
Muschetti’s adaptation is a huge leap in the right direction from the 90’s miniseries. It is unexpectedly raw and bloody and the opening scene of the film is perfection. Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and Georgie’s (Jackson Robert Scottnter) interaction is heartwarming and immediately made me dread Georgie’s fate. The casting is pretty perfect and by far my favorite thing about this film is how well these kids portrayed each character. Particularly Richie, played by Finn Wolfhard, and Eddie, played by Jack Dylan Grazer. The bond between the Losers was believable and genuine. I was especially pleased that this was the case as the friendship between them all is the backbone of this entire story. Had that failed, this film would have as well. I was pleasantly surprised with Bill Skarsgard’s rendition of Pennywise. Going in, despite my several watches of each trailer, didn’t know what to expect of his portrayal, and overall I was really happy with his performance. He is creepy in every sense of the word.
For all it's good parts however, it misses something just slightly. There is a bit of umph that it still needed. While Muschetti does a wonderful job at calling back aspects of the book (which I very much appreciated), it feels as if though he glossed over a lot of things, and lacked substance that would have had a more powerful end result. I understand that there was no way that he could cram in every single aspect of the novel into the film, and I wasn't expecting him to do so, but I just wish he would have added a little more of the magic to his overall story. Stephen King’s dedication to his kids in the novel read as follows:
“Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth about this fiction is simple enough, the magic exist”
I think that magic is the push the film needed to get it just right. There were a few story changes that I didn’t agree with (that I will not spoil for you) that I feel might ultimately affect its sequel (I really hope not though). I flat out disliked the use of cgi. At points it felt completely unnecessary and when omitted the eeriness was much more effective. There were also a few pacing issues I had, the end and one vital scene felt especially rushed.
Ultimately though, the movie itself is not a bad one. Had I not read the novel, or not had a novel or previous mini series to compare it to, I would have thought this was far greater than I do right now. Aside from the bad cgi the film is good! I was really happy with the end result thanks in large part to the casting. I enjoyed the watch, and loved that I was there with my losers. I recommend going out and having fun with it. The magic exists.