Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Movie Review Madness - IT

Stephen King’s IT is a monster tome – it’s a fast read for a lot of pages. It was a mini-series a long time ago starring Tim Curry. Now a new movie is on the big screen and it is a worthy adaptation. Derry, Maine seems like a charming little town. It’s 1988 and Billy makes a paper boat for little brother Georgie to float in the rain. Alas, a storm drain proves Georgie’s undoing as Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgard) smiles and lures him closer…closer…and snatches him. Kids seem to be disappearing in this town. Billy and his band of Losers start investigating and arrive at a very scary solution.

Meanwhile, the bullying of the Losers, the implied home abuse of others, and more hint at the horrors of childhood for so many. Stephen King has always had underlying themes in his work – the daily horror of life versus an otherworldly element. Sewer systems, haunted home, the well, and basements. IT taps into plenty of creaking doors, not to mention the fears in the mind.  This movie is R due to language and subject matter. The pacing, filming, and effects are excellent. The kids are all superb, and IT is a good kickoff to the fall movie season.

Be wary if a red balloon drifts in your direction.


14 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne - glad to have your review ... I think circumstances will make me miss this - but at least I'm aware! Cheers Hilary

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  2. The kids made the movie. And yes, their home lives were scarier than any clown.

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  3. Good review, but I think I will pass on it. Something that might keep me up at night.

    Betty

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  4. Kids sure can make or break, good they made.

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    1. These days there are a lot of talented youth.

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  5. I may be tempted to watch this on DVD or Netflix at some point - where I can stop it and stand out in the sunlight if I need to ;-)

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    1. Smart move. Not for the feint of heart. But well done. Not stupid horror

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  6. Greetings from the UK. I'll be going to watch IT.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Excellent. I did not steer you wrong
      Cheers

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  7. Good to know you liked it. I loved the book, even though it scare me half to death, but I wasn't all that impressed with the TV adaptation of it. (Hmmm, if I'd read the book TWICE, would I be pushing up daisies now?)

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    1. It's Ray's favorite book and this movie is a very worthy adaptation. I do still like Tim Curry from the TV one (he's always good).

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