After purposely avoiding any reviews or io9-type think pieces on It, I went and saw the film last night. Previously, I had only seen the 1990 miniseries. I bought the book 2 or 3 years ago, but it’s been pretty low on the list of reads to get around to.
The 2017 theatrical adaptation is a pretty solid film overall. The only complaint I could muster up is the running time of over 2 hours. It seems every major movie these days has to clock in around 2 hours, and many are simply not worth the extra screen time that studios or filmmakers think they are. I do know that I started to get twitchy and anxious for end credits later into the movie in part because the theater started feeling way too warm, so I’m not totally convinced that this movie is actually deserving of the running time complaint.
This It, however, is leagues better than the TV miniseries. Yeah, Tim Curry is a charismatic and competent actor, but I never thought he was enough to carry that version. The personalized terrors and respective special effects that the 2017 Pennywise thrusts upon the young heroes are quite respectable and effective. As an adult viewer who is also a seasoned horror fan, I can’t honestly say the scares were enough to activate my sense of being spooked, but I could still appreciate how well this movie did with them. I think viewers who are around the same age as the film’s group of protagonists will simultaneously be freaked out and love this movie, and that’s what’s best about it. In fact, with similar dynamics at play aside from the horror aspects, It 2017 has the potential to be revered as the Stand By Me for the current generation of kids.