On September 8th the world is going to be introduced to Pennywise and the demented ways this clown of terror will destroy the lives of the people of Derry, Maine. I am of course talking about the upcoming release of the latest Stephen King adaptation to hit the big screen IT. We of course have seen an adaptation of IT before as it was a made for TV miniseries that premiered in 1990 but I wasn’t a fan of that adaptation and have a lot of hope that we will see something better this time around.
I first read IT over the course of a summer back when I was in high school and I was enthralled with the way Stephen King could bring a group of characters to life and the terror he could instill in an entity such as Pennywise. I was terrified of the novel (which at over a thousand pages is probably closer to a tome) and haven’t revisited the world since. With the latest King adaptation a mere days away I do want to correct this and after seeing IT on the big screen will be rereading the novel to see where the movie and novel differ.
As IT is such an utterly dense novel and one that takes time to properly digest it makes sense that the movie will be broken up into two parts with the first part telling the story of the Loser Club as children. The only issue that I have with this is that if the first part proves to be a hit, the second part won’t be out for at least a year afterwards which means we won’t see the full story of IT for a while.
With all that said, I am very excited to see what director Andrés Muschietti can do with the source material as IT was one of my must see movies of the year and here are my five reasons why.
- Bill Skarsgård – A lot of people are in love with the Tim Curry version of Pennywise but I found that version to be a too hokey, too colorful and that he didn’t put forth the terror I felt when reading the book. That has all changed with everything that has been shown of Bill Skarsgård is full costume and his portrayal has been menacing and nightmare fuel so far. I think that his take on Pennywise will leave many viewers leaving the theater in a state of unease.
- Source Material – From what has been shown so far in the trailers, the adaptation looks to be faithful to the source material and this is a good thing. There are of course going to be changes made but hopefully they can keep the core of what makes IT so terrifying intact.
- Two Movies – It’s a good sign that the studio believes enough in the film to warrant splitting such a dense amount of material into two parts instead of trying to cram all of it into one movie. While it will suck for many of us that are looking forward to the full telling of the movie to have to wait for the second half, it’s comforting knowing that the material is being dealt with in an appropriate way over two movies.
- Visuals – Everything that has been shown so far is period appropriate to the 1980’s (unlike the book which took place in the 50’s) and looks amazing and how I remember the 1980’s in my own small town. The costume worn by Pennywise is extraordinarily creepy and very fitting to the vision that I had of the clown when reading the book.
- Blessing From The King – Stephen King has seen the movie and has shared his feelings about the movie and has given it his stamp of approval. When he’s behind your movie, then you know that the adaptation is going to hit all the marks.
Andy Muschietti’s remake of IT (actually it’s Part 1–The Losers’ Club) succeeds beyond my expectations. Relax. Wait. And enjoy.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 7, 2017
September 8th can’t come quick enough and as one of my most anticipated movies of the year I will be there on opening night and ready to be scared out of my mind.
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