**SPOILER ALERT** IT 2017 review
Finally. A week after the release, hurricane cleanup mostly done, a break from the chaos. We get our tickets, a big bag of popcorn, our 9 year old in tow, and we settled in for THE scary movie I've been anticipating since it was announced as a remake. Two plus hours later...
I’m disappointed. Very disappointed. The stray from the book is one thing, I expect that of every Hollywood movie because they don’t read the books; they use cliff notes and interns who do the reading for them then take snippets of what they found interesting and make movies from it. Well this one was worse than that. Seriously, for a gal who is coulrophobic I expected much more from this remake.
Here’s a few of the things I wish they would’ve left alone from the original film or added from the book.
(1) The mom of Eddie in the 2017 version is very cheesy and over acted. They would’ve done much better with an Annie Wilkes type character from Misery.
(2) The character for Patrick (bully #1) was killed off way too soon in this one. And had they used the character from the book it would’ve been creepier. Dead fly collection. Enough said.
(3) The bullies, Patrick/Henry/Belch/Victor, were less relevant in this version than they are in the book and original film. They were a HUGE part of the fear the Loser Club had, which Pennywise picked up on. Let Henry go crazy like he’s supposed to. In the book I almost felt sorry for him. In this version he was no different than a character from the Walking Dead: Oh look, another zombie. Whatever. And really, thrown down the well to die? No. That’s cliché and if there’s no body then you know he’s coming back in Chapter 2. Borrrrrring, predictable.
(4) They should leave the history of the town for Mike to tell. Seriously, he's the home schooled outsider? No. Mike was the narrator of Pennywise’s history. He gave the rest of the kids a visual of the town telling the stories his father told him. The projector in this one was a nice touch, but the scrapbook in the old film was way better. So was the photo album Billy found in Georgie’s room in the original.
(5) My biggest issue with the 2017 version? Pennywise. He wasn’t scary. He was vintage, lispy, and too ‘made up’. I’m partial to Tim Curry’s rendition with the wide grin and punny commentary. This clown reminded me of a Halloween Horror Nights actor scaring the masses night after night until the park closes; aka repeated. I was more afraid of the clown dolls in the room the kid Richie got locked in. THAT. WAS. REAL. Very real, and I know that kind of fear.
Should Chapter 2’s version of them as adults play anything like Chapter 1, I’ll wait for it to come out on Amazon or Netflix.