I want to start off with my complaints about this film because they’re minimal and really pale in comparison to the insurmountable triumph that is, It.
My first, I guess you could say major complaint, would be the way Pennywise is introduced to each character. I thought that each individual scene was incredible but seeing them in such methodical secession kind of dampened the punch.
My only other complaint would be Finn Wolfhard’s final little quip, if you want to call it that. His dialogue is absolutely hilarious throughout 99% of the film but that last one had me feeling like, okay we get it, you can shut the fuck up now. It was kind of like that one friend we all have, where if they get a laugh they’ll just keep going until your face hurts from fake smiling. I should add that he’s a really talented young actor and his delivery is fantastic most of the time.
What’s good about the film? Literally everything else. Skarsgard’s Pennywise is refreshing and original. I love the way he looks, the way he moves and most of all, his sense of urgency. The film might be over 2 hours long but there is zero downtime.
The most important thing to mention here is that I felt a personal connection to the film. A lot of people ask me, you know, what is it that makes a film a 9/10, as apposed to an 8/10? That’s really it, I need to walk away with some kind of an emotional impact. Simply having nothing bad to say about a movie really isn’t indicative of perfection to me. Horror movies need to have some depth, a sense of purpose.
It’s really difficult to speak through generations, as none of us will ever have a realistic perspective of anything we haven’t experienced first hand. However, I believe Pennywise to be an extremely relevant allegory to the state of our country, this entire planet even. I often hear people seeming baffled that acts of hate and racism can be this relevant in 2017 and besides being an unfortunate, natural bi-product of humanity, it’s also because hate isn’t really understood or explained properly. When you harbor a kind of broad hatred such as racism or homophobia, that hatred lives on as a separate entity. It’s an untrustworthy entity that will ultimately turn on and infect children, keeping that same hatred alive.
So yeah, despite not being a super complex metaphor, that kind of general idea was intentional. All the dirty hippies preaching universal love and shit aren’t quite right. Humans are better bonded through bullshit. Religion never gave birth to morality or ethics, it’s engrained in us to empathize with anyone suffering and that’s what really bonds the children in this movie.
Wait…except for the bully though, he just wants to inflict his pain on others. So maybe beat your kids a little but not too much?
Anyways, I loved It, it’s better than the original and I’m happy for Andy Muschietti’s success. I wasn’t a fan at all of his previous film Mama but he really played to his strengths here.