SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t already seen It.
I saw the remake of Stephen King’s It a few weeks ago and was impressed. Usually, I can’t stand horror movies because of the useless jump scares and over-the-top blood and gore. But I loved reading It and I enjoy pretty much anything Stephen King writes, so I figured… why not? (I saw only bits and pieces of the 1990 miniseries, so I really can’t compare the 2017 version to the older one.)
At first, I didn’t like that the movie was set in the late 1980s because that was a departure from the book, whose first part (when the main characters are kids) was set in the late 1950s. As the movie went on, it turned out that the different time frame really didn’t make much difference for the plot. The coming-of-age vibe was still there and the characters were still true to themselves.
My other two issues with the movie were the scene where blood starts gushing up from the sink, completely covering the bathroom and soaking poor Beverly. I didn’t care for it because the use of blood seemed like it was overkill, but then again, I had to remind myself that this is a Stephen King movie and that’s what he does best (it reminded me of the blood-dousing scene in Carrie).
There also seemed to be an unresolved plot point toward the end when all the kids were down in the sewer fighting off It. All of It’s previous victims were literally floating, and at one point, they started to float lower once the monster started to weaken. I wondered if that meant that the kids would come back to life eventually, but the “kids floating lower” was never explained. Maybe the next movie will have a better explanation because I don’t remember anything like that happening in the book.
Otherwise, I’d recommend It. Pennywise was a lot creepier than the original, and the camaraderie among the kids seemed realistic (thank God the movie left out that weird sex scene from the book). A very long book (well, half the book, anyway) was boiled down into a 2-hour movie without losing much, which was a great success on the director’s part. I’m looking forward to Chapter 2, when the kids (now adults) come back to destroy It once and for all.