Misleading, depressing, pointless
I was unimpressed by It. Maybe the hype was over after waiting almost 5 months to see it (I was at college and had to wait for it to be released to rent), maybe I do not fully understand the story, maybe watching it in my living room had a different effect than in the theater. Regardless, I was disappointed.
First, I should let you know that I did not read the book. I do not know all the backstories and details not included in the movie, or anything else the book provided that the movie did not. It really should not matter that it was based off of a book, though, since everyone knows a lot of people prefer to watch movies over reading books (I am one of those people).
The trailer gave away most all the scary parts. As a result, when I saw them in the movie, I already knew what was going to happen and was not shaking with anticipation. Also, I remember going to see a different movie in theaters, and they played the entire clip of Georgie getting manipulated by Pennywise! (They did not include Pennywise biting off Georgie’s arm and taking him down into the sewer, but how hard is it to guess that outcome?) Honestly, that scene was the scariest part of the movie for me and it was RUINED before I even got to see It.
I was underwhelmed by the amount of scary parts and how those parts were executed. It felt like most of the movie was about the friendship between the members of the loser’s club, and that is not what I paid to see. When I go to see a horror movie, I expect to be so scared I scream, cover my eyes, squirm in my seat, look around the theater (or room) to make sure the scary thing in the movie is not there. None of that even remotely took place while watching this movie. Therefore, as a horror movie, it failed for me. However, those scary moments that were included definitely could have made for a great horror movie if only there were not so many breaks with jokes and nothing involving It happening. Even then, though, I think those scenes could have been improved. When It is in forms other than Pennywise, It delivers the horror factor well. However, when It is in its Pennywise form, It under-delivers. The taunting, the manipulating, the tension–all that was successful. The attacks? Not so much. There needed to be a little more tension and silence and waiting and playing with It’s food before Pennywise attacked. Then when It goes and kills someone, I would have liked to see exactly how It did it. I want to see the gory details. As for when Pennywise “attacks” the kids, It is a total let-down! Pennywise walked funny and It’s face looked creepy, but It did not even really touch or hurt the kids, and–many times–voluntarily left them! I wanted the balloons to be a foreshadowing tool and a terrifying thing to see, I wanted Pennywise to be so supernatural the kids are basically doomed, I wanted the music to send a chill down my spine, I wanted to be shaking for 2 hours and 4 minutes straight. It did not deliver.
I love Bill’s story and his bond with and love for his younger brother, Georgie. I wish the audience had a minute or more longer of watch time to see how strong their bond was. This would have allowed for a deeper connection with Bill. Bill’s story deserved more attention. I wanted more.
The look at each of the loser’s club’s members helped me connect with each of them. But what was with all of that excess content, like the lake scene? Like all those jokes? Like the school bullies (especially Beverly’s)? Like Bill and Beverly’s kisses as the end? All that excess content took away from the horror part of this horror movie and made me confused about what the purpose of this movie was. Are you trying to scare me? Make me feel for the kids? Wonder about It? Hate the bullies? Connect mostly to Bill or any of the other characters? Yearn for Bill and Beverly to be together? I am genuinely confused!
I cannot say I was bored while watching It. My brain was fully active and awake the full 2 hours 4 minutes. The child actors were fantastic because they were believable, three-dimensional, and natural. The individual stories were crafted well, and Pennywis–as well as It’s other forms’ outward appearances–definitely were creepy. I think as a drama, this movie works. But to market It as fully horror is misleading. And I was mislead.
As a drama: 4/5 stars
As a horror: 2/5 stars
I am not sure if I will watch chapter two. Maybe if the trailer interests me; as of now, though, I do not have high hopes.