IT is directed by Mr. Andy Muschietti and has an eerily similar vibe to Netflix’s Stranger Things. It stars Finn Wolfhard who also appears in Stranger Things as main character. IT is about a town that has a monster disguised as clown feeding off of fear and killing people. All the protagonists are kids and acted surprisingly well. The timing of this movie couldn’t have been better because Stranger Things already found hardcore audience for itself and IT is only utilizing that niche audience to its advantage. Even though it was a horror film with sometimes unnecessary jump scares but it was extremely funny too. The jokes sometimes superseded the horror elements and confused the state of viewer what to feel. Sam Raimi in this regard is much better because his timing of comedy and horror is just spot on. He clearly knows how to manipulate viewers into feeling specific emotions at specific time.
Without going into too much detail the movie explores the concept of fear that stems from either horrible past experiences in kids, whether sexual assault or bullying and how it affects them. The novel however explored their journey into adulthood and its horrible impact on their lives, the movie did not go as deep and stayed mainstream. The brilliance of IT however was how it showed the fear and how kids collectively resolved it, making it more fun and enjoyable ride. It could have been much much darker with the R rating but it was only reserved for few cuss words and gore elements rather than exploring the incestuous relationship or overtly abusive relationship with her father. I believe it was waste of R-rating on this matter. Even though Beverly was the strongest character in the lot she was saved by a mere kiss from her lover Ben. It was cringe worthy and just inappropriate for a character who is so strong in fighting with his abusive father and saving herself all on her own and then be saved by a mere kiss.
However, the overall adaptation considered in its totality was solid, I am hoping the second viewing will ease out the distractions and will let me focus on the emotional undertones more. The cinematography was quite good in this film and showcased the fear in a fun and understandable way for viewers who may not have read the novel. I do wish the overall tone of the film was much darker than blockbuster, maybe more like Prisoner of Azkaban which I consistently refer to as the perfect tone for movies with deep emotional issues and overcoming them by fighting with collective courage. Mr. Alfonso Cuaron nails the tone of any film and his sense of showing depth in his characters’ feelings via the environment and color is just perfect. There was one scene at the beginning of IT where the first kid goes out in the rain and it had an obvious color correction issue because they had to convert sunlight to rainy environment, it pulled me off instantly from the event that was about to happen.
Overall, the film was good and I am expecting it to be better in second viewing. I will give it a B.
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