I would be very surprised if you have not already read some form of post based on the IT movie adaptation(s), especially recently with the newer release.
I recently read IT by Stephen King in preparation for the new movie release – I also watched the 1990 version before the new one.
2017 > 1990
It was hard for me to enjoy the 1990 adaptation because for one I cannot seem to enjoy old movies, however in saying that, the 1990 adaptation was still well done and I did enjoy watching it. For me, the 1990 version was basically just a way to present Stephen King’s work visually. It very closely followed the book, however it was not scary to me.
It’s hard to compare the two movies because they are two very different interpretations of Stephen King’s work.
The 2017 adaptation, in my opinion, was a masterpiece. Here’s why:
As soon as I heard Bill Skarsgård was playing Pennywise I knew he would be amazing. Bill starred in the TV series Hemlock Grove. That show was extremely weird and creative and Bill fit in perfectly, just like he did in IT. 2017 Pennywise was absolutely terrifying when he needed to be, and strange and mysterious when that was required. Bill portrayed the Pennywise I imagined because he uses the clown identity to enforce fear itself.
Let me just start with that the children actors were absolutely amazing. They also fit their characters perfectly.
Bill – the stuttering sounded genuine and his emotions were easily told from his expressions and seemed sincere which was key for his character since the bulk of him is his love for Georgie and the guilt he feels.
Eddie – the hypochondriac aspect is key for this character and is played very well. He was also hilarious which made him so much better. His mother also played a pretty significant role in the movie which was important for his character development.
Beverly – the actress was amazing, she had a tough persona with a dark backstory that she well portrayed through her actions and emotions in certain scenes (I’m really trying not to create any spoilers)
Ben – I loved Ben. He is so sweet and smart and is essential to the team when they are trying to figure out what haunts Derry. The New Kids on the Block jokes were hilarious.
Mike – I enjoyed Mike as well, but I feel we didn’t get too in depth with his character. Mike plays a huge role in the books so I hope to see this represented in part 2.
Stan – I think Stan’s character was very well portrayed because he always held back and was more hesitant and less invested as the others which is key in his future character development.
Richie – the best character in that movie no doubt. Richie was a little annoying in the books because you had to read paragraphs to pages of his rambling, but this comedic character was essential in the movie and I laughed out loud at everything he said.
Overall, the kids were very well represented – they exceeded my expectations for sure.
I am very happy that I decided to read the book first because I think it made the movie that much more enjoyable for me. This movie did not follow the book scene by scene or detail by detail, however even with the twists made in the adaptation they preserved elements of the book by the little details seen in many of the scenes. Some of these details you can read about in this article by Buzzfeed (spoilers)
This is definitely in my top 3 movies of all time. It was planned out so well, the horror started right away and I was scared the whole time. There were no unnecessary scenes or slow parts.
Honestly, I was nervous to see the movie because how would I feel if it went badly? Thankfully, it exceeded my expectations.
I hope everyone watches this movie, it was enjoyable, creative, and scary. I am still having nightmares (worth it).