So, just got back from “IT.” I wouldn’t call it a “scary” movie, but it is an intense movie with a lot of head-turning WTF moments that aren’t all caused by the evil-death-clown. Seriously, I won’t be having any nightmares about this, but it was a very enjoyable movie.
I think what unnerves me most is the unspoken, but definitely insinuated, complicity of the adults, making the kids lives miserable. Some of it is just the nature of Pennywise, but the movie enhances the effect by putting the adults in makeup and costumes just off enough to make them and Pennywise seem like… not comparable emotional threats, but as complicit in undermining the protagonists’ emotional well being.
The movie is full of kids doing dumb kid things though, and while I’ve never seen a rated-R YA movie before, I think “IT” counts as one.
It was a beautiful movie that hits all the YA moments, except for romance. There’s puppy love and such, but no YA style romance.
Some of the majorly squicky sexual moments from the novel have definitely been removed from the movie.
I liked the character Ben, we need more heroic, action, fat kids in movies. He was awesome.
It is just the first part of the novel “IT” but is such a complete story. I’d actually call it “nice” even “beautiful” because of the cinematography. If they get the chance to to the second half of the novel, I think I may be more fear-affected, because the biggest horrors in this movie, outside of the clown, seem to be isolation and growing up.