I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. We all know the story, but not the surprises.
IT was the very first Stephen King novel I ever read. I was a teen at the time, and after finishing IT, I found myself led into a fairly long love affair with his other books, although none ever quite lived up to the first.
As a Tim Curry fan, the miniseries in 1990 combined two things I adored. Over the years, I watched it multiple times. It strayed from the book and I wasn’t a fan of the ending, but overall I found it as an acceptable from-book-to-screen transformation.
When they announced a new IT was coming to theatres I was elated. Even better, it carries the seal of approval from both Stephen King and Tim Curry. I made sure I was at the first showing available. I stayed away from articles and trailers hoping for that “WOW” factor that not knowing brings. In retrospect, I wish I had known a few things.
- IT was split into two parts. The movie which was just released follows the children in Derry only. I found it reminiscent of The Goonies.
- The adult half is not being released until 2019.
- There are Easter eggs. Make sure you watch closely to collect them all. Some I found quite amusing.
- Be prepared for a long movie. IT ended up being over two hours, plus the usual beginning advertisements.
My Personal Thoughts on the Movie
Strictly from a film standpoint, I agree with the critics – it is good. A few spots were a bit slow for me, but all-in-all it was an enjoyable flick. The child actors were great choices and spot-on. There are some great shock-value scenes, which I loved.
From a book standpoint, it is a different story. The movie deviates so far from the novel. I was disappointed. While I understand some of the reasons why it does, I can’t help but feel too much was missing.
I’m interested to see the direction in which part two goes.