Came back from IT earlier today. Mark me down in the column of people who didn’t find it scary. In fact, I’d argue that most of the set pieces were pretty much devoid of tension or scares and are rather perfunctory. I’d say that there were probably two effective scares in the entire film. It did manage a decent sense of dread at times though. Tonally, the film is all over the place too. The bullies are all so cartoonishly evil as to feel like they’re come from a completely different film and the CGI monsters look like they belong in a comedic cartoon. The bigger problem is that the film does nothing new and borrows glaringly from other horror films (everything from j-horror to slasher films). This is in no way an action movie with horror scares. It’s just a fairly generic horror film that follows the template set out by earlier films pretty closely.
I’d agree with Will too that not nearly enough time is dedicated to the cast. 7 protagonists is fine in a book or TV miniseries but is far too many for a film. The film could have stripped out the bullies and at least two of the losers without losing anything. Honestly, the leads were given about as much characterization and relatability as those in Insidious or the Conjuring. The film just coasts on the inherent charm of the actors and the foulmouthed dialogue rather than doing anything particularly interesting with them. (I’d say Lights Out had a far more relatable and likable cast than IT did.)
I think the biggest complaint I had about this film was that it just felt long. By the time they went into the spookky house for the first time I thought for sure that was going to be the end of the movie. That there was another half hour after that shocked me. My wife walked out the theater thinking the film had been 3 hours long was surprised to find that it was just over 2.