I saw the movie It yesterday afternoon. And it left me with. Feelings that I was beyond not expecting. For one, the thing I expected to be the worst thing ever was in fact. Not. So I’m left both regretting, and not regretting, seeing the movie.
Let’s start with this.
I am terrified of clowns. Whenever I see one I feel everything accelerate and it’s like I’m experiencing a panic attack but it’s not quite there yet. Because of this – I haven’t read the book. I haven’t seen the anthology. And I wasn’t really sure I would be watching this movie. And then peer pressure started to happen. And rather than doing what I’ve done with Stranger Things, and perhaps because I know it’s something that I want to find a way to work past. I decided that I was going to see the movie. Alone. Or as alone as one is in a movie theater.
Pennywise was by far not the worst thing about the movie. The concept of him was interesting, and though his usual form was upsetting to me (because yes, I did nearly panic my way out of the theater at his first appearance) it became so much less so as the film progressed. Pennywise is, as a friend put it, a sapient, shape-shifting inter-dimensional arthropod predator, Who happens to have a 27-year hibernation period. And Bill Skarsgard did a really good job playing on the children he tormented and ate. His smile was delightfully terrifying, and the shift in eye color was an excellent touch as a warning for things are about to go very, very badly for the Loser Club.
For what was actually more significantly upsetting. Henry Bowers. His father. Beverly’s father. The fact that the only thing I’ve heard about this movie was how it didn’t have a child orgy scene. The fact the Beverly, a character who had so much potential was pushed aside to be a literal damsel in distress.
I have to hand it to every teen and child actor on this movie because they did a fantastic job. None of them came across as high-pitched, irritating twits which sometimes happens with a child actor. Each was believable, particularly Sophia Lillis and Jaden Lieberher. Bill came across fully as someone dealing with post/current traumatic stress at the loss of Georgie. And with the implied nature of the relationship between Beverly’s father and Beverly, properly conveying the emotional stress at 15 years old is impressive. I wish that Beverly had more to what she did in the battle against Pennywise. I think as a character, and as an actress, Lillis was beyond capable of handling a more proactive role.
Overall, I found the movie okay. It wasn’t fantastic or groundbreaking. I was properly uncomfortable with scenes. It could have been better. It’s made me curious enough to watch the anthology and read the book. Though I will give the movie credit for something I really hope was intentional.
Pennywise needs a 27-year hibernation period. The anthology came out 27-years ago, in 1990. I also hope that in another 27 years, in 2044 there is yet another remake.