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Great adaptation of a Stephen King novel. The acting was excellent!
This is good enough. The production quality is great, the kid actors did a good enough job. But I watched the 1990 TV miniseries before watching this. There were a few things changed, but this film really seemed to miss the Stand By Me charm that the TV miniseries had. The creep factor and the childhood 'magic' just seemed to not click for me on this film the way the miniseries did.
I watched it without sound in a loud area with friends, so it wasn't that scary. We actually just made fun of the movie and laughed most of the time. lol
it was a good movie. i havent seen the original. only parts of it. i may have to watch it and part two of this
If the novel It, by Stephen King, was an example of wonderful horror writing, then this beautifully crafted adaptation by Andy Muschietti is a solid example of how to make a proper horror film. The story is faithful to the novel sans any change, and that's a great thing because many filmmakers struggle to adapt the essence of King's works when they translate it into a movie, but by staying faithful to the novel, Muschietti's adaptation hits the right notes. A great factor with It is how well it subverts nonsense cliches found in horror films. Yes, there are awfully placed jump scares, but the emotional temperature is consistent. The dialogues are crisp, and they give away only what they need to. There are no foolish characters who deliberately get themselves into miserable situations (though in all fairness, many are underwritten). The film is technically solid, but it's really the sound design that stands out. The film is consistently thrilling and has a very focused narrative. I do wish that the performances had been better, and it maintained a consistent level of energy in the second hour as well, but these are minor flaws in what is a refreshing and mostly thrilling movie. (3.5/5)
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
IT is chilling and a great horror movie to watch either by yourself or with some friends, especially if you get scared easily! The young actors who were cast to portray the children in the movie did a fantastic job. There is this stigma that child actors are not the best actors, but this movie proves those people wrong. Each and every one of them shines, none of them seeming to upstage the other and do really well in throwing across the terror in facing all of their worst fears. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise does a phenomenal job too! The film does not opt for cheap jumpscares towards it's audience and even when it does said jumpscares do not feel undeserving. Instead, the underlying horror is really creepy. The relatable characters are what truly make this movie shine. This is not the first adaptation of Stephen King's novel, but I personally feel it is the most well-adapted and best suited to watch. I give it a 5/5.
@CorporalKronos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I give this movie a 3 out of 5, as a person who watched the older It movie before any of the new ones, it wasn't that scary and I was disappointed. The older movie was such a good movie, and there was such a hype for the new one to come back that I was so excited that they were remaking it. But when I went to go watch the movie I was upset when it was just that. First off, it wasn't scary at all. It only got to me once during the whole movie, and that's only because of a cheesy jump scare and it only got to me because I wasn't paying attention. I laughed during the whole movie, that's how much it wasn't scary, but the storyline had parts of the movie that I enjoyed. I loved the iconic line of the clown in the sewer, and Georgie talking to him, I loved that part. They perfected that part. The acting was good, nothing huge to talk about, but it was good. The soundtrack was amazing I love listening to it. Like I say the soundtrack is a key to a good movie because it sets the mood and feeling of the movie. I recommend this movie to people who like horror that isn't too scary, it is not very scary from my point of view, but it does depend if you get scared easily.
@Icecream of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I really didn't want to watch this movie but my preteen convinced me. It was good. I really liked how the director had a blend of horror and life as a kid growing up in a small town.
So freaky, I couldn't sleep for two weeks!
it was good movie to share the horror with friends but it is very scary to younger children. so this movie mite be good for them to see but it is up to you mom and dads. This movie is only chapter 1 now i can not tell you about chapter 2 it has no same it is differnt from chapter 1. but it is a good story to see how kids see things and we dont.
Fun, somewhat frightening adaptation of the Stephen King novel at times seems more than worthwhile to attempt another go at filming it, then it reverts to scenes where I ask myself, "Why did they bother? Oh, yeah! Everthing gets remade now! It's called a lack of creativity and more $! I get it!" With that said, this is likely worth a look, more so if you're a fan. It does have its moments and, overall, the cast of kids is not only stronger, but they have a whole film to work in, unlike the 1990 TV miniseries.
This was an impressive variation of Stephen King's novel. The story matched the book and was just as scary as the made-for-TV version from the 1980s. Pennywise is one of the most diabolical characters from Stephen King-a 'must-see.'
One of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made! Looking forward to "It: Chapter Two" when it opens later this year!
Really enjoyed it. Though it leaves out some important parts of the original miniseries and book, it was still very enjoyable. Can't wait for Chapter Two.
this was the scariest thing i’ve ever watched i closed my eyes during all the spoopy scenes
don’t judge me i watched it at the theater okay
While I find Tim Curry's Pennywise way more creepy than Bill Skarsgard's, I like the newer version much better than the original. The children in general are much better actors and the movie isn't so much of a slog.
Rather disappointing. The closest thing to a scary moment is when one kid breaks his arm. Otherwise, this made for regular cable tv level horror.
Never read the book but I believe this is probably like Pet Cemetery. Read the book of Pet Cemetery and really enjoyed it but when I watched the movie I felt let down. The movie of Pet Cemetery did not compare to actually reading the book. Now IT was worth watching but I feel that I would have enjoyed it much better if I was a lot younger. I just did not find it spooky. The only part that I found to be spooky was at the very beginning when Georgy got his arm chewed off and then was hauled into the sewer never to be found alive again. The rest of the movie was just not scary. Found the clown on Neighbours 2 to be more scarier.
They took out all of the heart and imagination and plot of the story so they could make more CGI visuals. Someone going into this movie without having read the book or seeing the TV miniseries would get absolutely nothing out of it but set-ups for the next effects shot.
Spoiler Warning: In the original story the Losers used their imaginations to hurt Pennywise. For example, Eddie's inhaler became battery acid to burn the clown. Thus they used their brains to overcome their fears which is the hole point of the story. In this sad remake they just beat it with clubs and sticks, proving that brawn beats brains I guess. If that was true, Henry and his gang should have been the victors.
Also, Ritchie is supposed to make bad jokes throughout the story and the other say "beep, beep Ritchie" when he has gone too far. In the movie they have Pennywise say it to Ritchie, which is supposed to have meaning, but since the movie didn't set it up beforehand, it means nothing.
All in all, it was style over substance.
I've read the book, seen the tv series with Tim Curry and am a Stephen King fan. The saddest part of the movie was Bill losing his little brother Georgie and not getting him back at the end. But that's typical Stephen King. No movie or tv series will ever match the book (which scared the heck out of me as a teenager), but this movie did a pretty good job with it. The adults were mean and unimportant throughout the movie which was in keeping with the book. I enjoyed the fight scene with Pennywise and finally seeing the teenage bully get killed off.
Bill Skaarsgard's portrayal of Pennywise was excellent. He's one of Hollywood's underrated actors although Stephen King has picked up on his talent since Skaarsgard (along with Chosen Jacobs) are currently in Stephen King's Castle Rock which is one of my favorite streaming series right now (on Hulu). "The boy got off of the bus at Jerusalem's Lot." We'll see what happens next season to the boy (Chosen Jacobs). Every Stephen King fan should watch Castle Rock. Stephen King wrote 10 of its episodes and they're excellent. Skaarsgard's Castle Rock character gives me the creeps too (like Pennywise). I noticed that Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things is also in IT and is quite good.
Solid movie, but there are some annoying jump scares in it. Worth a look. But I'm a bigger fan of the TV series though.