[This Review Contains Spoilers]
Originally Posted September 11th, 2017
Here it is! The most anticipated horror movie of all-time? But did it live up to the hype??
I can answer that question with a resounding “yes.” For those of whom wanted a movie full heart, creativity, and fun, this movie will be very satisfying for you. I thought the characters were very well-written and that I really had bonded with most of them by the end of the film. Beverley, Eddie, and Bill were the standout characters for me and I thought that they were great. Pennywise was also very well-represented; he was definitely creepy but was also very funny in a couple of scenes which I thought was great since he is a clown. All of the creatures and weird things that Pennywise morphs into were also so devilishly creative and creepy. I also loved 99% of the CGI effects for Pennywise with the exception of when Pennywise kills Georgie (I thought the CGI in that scene was horrible). The movie was just a breath of fresh air when compared to most horror movies nowadays which are filled to the brim with clichés and feel incredibly predictable. It was so much more creative than most horror movies are and was even a little insane (in a good way). It’s also ridiculously well- directed and looks gorgeous.
The movie’s not perfect though, and I do have some problems with it. First of all, the music and sound effects were a huge problem. They were all loud, obnoxious, and annoying and it was completely unnecessary. That was one of the things about the movie that felt very “2017” to me since so many terrible horror movies add those ridiculous loud noises to make the scene feel scary when it’s not needed. There were also some scenes that seemed to tonally conflict with the rest of the movie like when they clean up the blood in Beverley’s bathroom to 80’s music. That rock throwing scene was also just ridiculous and should not have been in the movie. I was OK with the fact that this movie had fun and even comical scenes sometimes, but those scenes, in particular, stood out as out of place and it was quite bothersome. I also felt like some of the characters were never really fleshed out, particularly Richie, Mike, and Stanley. After leaving the movie, I felt like I never really got to know them on a personal level, unlike some of the other characters. Also, Henry was used in the movie pretty poorly in my opinion. I guess they kinda tried to flesh him out by showing how afraid of his father he was, but it honestly just wasn’t enough. Then he kinda just goes insane and starts trying to kill everyone (and I don’t care if the book explained what happened to him, the movie does not and so I have to ding it for that). I also have to admit that Beverley waking up just from receiving a kiss from Ben felt a little lazy and I think that could have been better.
Overall, I had an absolute blast with “IT”. I think it’s a really fun movie and was a lot better than most horror movies that we get nowadays, but it was not without its problems. I hope that the next part of this story will be even better and I can’t wait to see the characters as well as Pennywise back on the screen once again.