|It all boils down to which Penny is Wiser|
R | 2h 15min | Drama, Horror | 8 September 2017 (USA)
A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Chase Palmer (screenplay), Cary Fukunaga (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
Our Predictions For IT Based Solely Off Of The Trailers (and our biased opinions)
An odd feeling of deja vu has hit the small town of Derry, Maine. Difference is, the clothing suggests that it's no longer the 1950's (more like 80's), the kids have no screen cuts to their older selves, Bill's brother Georgie lingers around chanting like an irritated broken record, and everything looks so much better in crisp high definition. Otherwise, things are back to normal; Children are getting their arms torn off down sewer drains, a sadistic clown plays horrific head games with a group of neglected kids, and the adults wander around in an oblivious haze. Those kids vow to conquer their own personal terror, and vanquish the evil that has been sucking the life out of their town. Just please make sure that little Eddie Spaghetti has his inhaler fully loaded before the trip.
My Prediction- The flawed yet nostalgic 1990 television miniseries gets a massive cinematic upgrade, that absolutely delivers in trailer form. The content restraints of network TV are gone, Stephen Kings' compelling tale looks heavily respected here, and the scary factor is high on the scale. I am a tad reluctant however, because many of King's adaptations get handled poorly, and The Dark Tower misfire is still too recent to forget. I love the Super 8 approach of the film, and the largely unknown cast gives a fresh sense of direction. Lastly, Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) has some mighty big clown shoes to fill after what Tim Curry (Legend) accomplished with the role. It will not be a Piece Of Shit, but it better be able to float on more than just its first impressions.
Mike's Take -
History has told us that most any movie or TV show that is based on a Stephen King movie is not going to be good, or at least mostly forgettable. Remember The Tommyknockers? Sleepwalkers? Kingdom Hospital? The Stand? Of course, there have been mutliple reboots and remakes of these shows.
This is the second time around for IT. The first was a series on TV that starred Tim Curry. Now, to be fair, you can't make a Stephen King book into a movie and have it shown on TV. That's the same as showing Step Brothers, Shoot 'Em Up, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or any of these other "R" rated type movies on TV during the middle of the day. It doesn't work and it's not fair to the filmmakers to have to edit and cut the film to fit in the time that it needs to play and remove all the violent or "dirty" language scenes.
What I'm saying is this. Bringing King's massive popular book to life takes a lot of work and, while I believe that this movie will be good, it won't be great. But, there's a way to make it great.
There was some scuttlebutt a while back about turning The Dark Tower into a series like Game Of Thrones. Why not do that with all of King's books that are connected to TDT? You tell the main story of TDT and any time you come across a major link to his other books, the story will continue through the events of that book and then come back to the main line.
Stephen King's books need to be serviced correctly to become movies or TV series and it's mostly been a bust.
As for IT? The trailers look great, Skarsgard looks menacing and it seems as if they have captured the feel of the book. I'm not holding my breath. King seems to be more involved in this movie than he was The Dark Tower, but flowery pictures and 2 minute films of the action doesn't give us the big picture.
I hope it's good. It won't be a piece of shit.