And I saw IT.
After all the commotion in the media it had to be watched sooner or later. I don’t really know what my opinion is. It was good I guess.
The original IT was a bona fide story (Stephen King WROTE it and was not manifactured to fit a formula) and as the story was told one felt it. This IT is a “designed” piece. I don’t think the story had a definite Protagonist as was done in 2017. That made it interesting too. The flow of the story was not obvious as one searches for the lead person and what to expect. All the characters were strong. It is funny I am in Chinatown surrounded by and none of the kids in the movie were Chinese. Racist movie?
The characters in our movies today are representative of whom we want to watch in the movie hence males and females, blondes and brunettes, variety of races and to be politically correct (the mentioned are no longer for diversity) we have variety of sexual orientations too AND always all of them appear in the cast.
The story of IT is from another era so to sell it in Asia they added a Chinese (if he is not from China then I am definitely racist for calling all Asians Chinese, right? You are so smart) Cinematographer. He is supposed to be good and his name pops very strategically in the opening credits too (China number one deal with State Department requires this?)
The bathroom scene was good (yes many scenes are borrowed from other movies but was done very well) and details of Pennywise features available for fun and slow perusing were done well also.
Most horror movies delay or hide the scary stuff until a major effect. IT shows off Pennywise (maybe because everyone knows the story of IT so well) in wrinkles, drolls and skin spots for as long as you care to look at them. The camera is in no rush to leave IT.
Politics wins again. China was represented in IT even if the original story wouldn’t let them in.
And I did read a review on IT also prior to viewing. I had recently asked about the fastest way to catch up in wine tastings because I am a few vintages behind and best advice I got was to read on the wines I be tasting and in no time will be known as an arrogant Sommelier again. I do the same for the movies because I am a few sequels behind.
Telegraph had the highest Google standing and “appeared” as THE review on IT when searched. It was OK. The review did not say one good thing about IT though there was no bashing either UNTIL the very last sentence when credit was given for bringing the characters to life successfully.
I learned that in college. If the content is not worth reading in a publication ALWAYS read the last sentence (if not pragraph) for something worth reading. This review had a one sentence admittance as the last sentence that basically had a different tone than the entire review AND said IT was good.
Newspaper articles about war and politics are good for this too. You read an entire biased article and at the very end is mindbugling to also read what sounds like “everything just read were lies or 40% true etc.” How it is expressed may vary but the last sentence is always interesting. And that is a good reason to read Tabloids and not big news. RAW stories as called can be “interesting” and worth reading. The other stuff is so controlled that kills you to read the damn thing.
And let’s not forget the political joke of the day on IT also that the kids here are in fact a young Clinton, Bush and Obama, Trump and Hillary who meet General Uncle (Pennywise the clown that lives to scare the shit out of everyone or as he says “lives off the fear”) in their younger days. Things don’t get better when they grow up some may say.
IT is good to watch. The movie definitely moves though has nothing to say you don’t already know about the movie. It is a remake and is made for an audience expected to know way too much about the movie except for the warning to Trump not to mess with General Pennywise. Pennywise only LOOKS like whatever Trump wants him to look like. He is a totally different breed than “imagined.” Ask Hillary. She learned well the hard way “I lost the election??? But it is fixed. How can it be lost? IT)