‘It’ Movie Review

It is an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most famous novels, and it is about a group of middle school students who discover a string of strange events throughout their town’s history. These events start-up again, and they work as a team to track down the source of the problem. Also, there’s a clown.

It was surprisingly one of my most anticipated movies of the year. I’m usually not a big fan of horror movies. I appreciate them, but they’re just not for me. However, something about this film intrigued me more than the average horror film. The trailers were super creepy, and I just gravitated to them for some odd reason.

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The movie is mainly driven by the kids and their experience with the disappearances that all link to a clown. There’s always apprehension when it comes to child actors as there are numerous examples of them who couldn’t pull off their roles. Thankfully, all of the child actors in It do a fantastic job. There were many of them so I can’t talk about all of them, but there were some standouts that are definitely worth mentioning. Jeremy Ray Taylor was great as the heart of the group, Sophia Lillis handled her character’s situation at home very well, Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things plays a completely different type of character than he does in the show, and he surprisingly creates one of my favorite characters in the movie. Jack Dylan Grazer has a lot of lines in the movie, which could have gone south, and delivers all of them smoothly. Jayden Lieberher probably had the toughest job out of the kids, I won’t spoil why he does, but he really plays it realistically. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie, I just don’t want to go too far into detail.

Not only are the performances great, but the relationship between the kids is just as fantastic. The kids the movie focuses on are in a group called the Loser’s Club, and as you would imagine they are the nerds of the school. Almost all of the kids’ characters are firmly established. They all have unique personalities and dialogue traits which is what makes It special. Many horror movies rely on jump scares and cheap tactics to grab audiences, whereas It introduces interesting characters so you care when they are put into the terrifying situations. Hopefully the success of the film will help other studios see what makes the movie work and implement those things in their films.

Every horror movie requires an element that gives it credibility as “horror”, and It has quite the scare as its villain. Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise the clown, and leading up to the release of the film many fans wondered if Pennywise would turn out being too silly, or legitimately haunting. Thankfully, it is more of the latter. Surprisingly, Pennywise is absent for much of the film because he can only be seen if he wants to, but when he happens to be on-screen it creates an extremely creepy atmosphere. Tim Curry’s performance in the 1990 TV miniseries will never be forgotten, however Skarsgård takes the clown to a new level that we haven’t seen before. The thing that makes it work is that he goes really far with the character, but doesn’t take it too far to where is humorous. He finds the perfect balance to where you can put yourself in the characters’ shoes and feel for them.

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Skarsgård isn’t only that makes the film work, the movie also looks beautiful. While that might be a strange term for the type of movie this is, the film is shot magnificently. The cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung transports you into the world of Derry in 1989. Side note: look in the background during the movie, there are some cool 1989 easter eggs on the streets that you would probably like to see.

It does have great characters, however some are given significantly more attention than others. One of the characters is named Stan, and you only remember him as the Jewish kid. Unfortunately, Mike is given even less to do, and that was really ad because Chosen Jacobs did a fantastic job whenever he was given a chance to shine. Also, when adapting a book to film, one of the most difficult things is deciding what to include and what to exclude in the movie. It is over a thousand pages, so the writers had no easy task with the film. The movie only adapts the first half of the novel; however, the film does feel like it’s telling an incomplete story. Certain aspects of the film aren’t expanded upon like I would imagine they are in the book. For example, a character makes a certain decision late in the movie, and that moment didn’t quite feel earned like the filmakers were tying to. One last thing, this isn’t quite a negative, but the movie wasn’t exactly scary. Don’t get me wrong, the clown was extremely creepy in all of his scenes. At the same time, I wasn’t given nightmares from the film. Keep in mind, I’m not easily scared, so that might have something to do with it. So, if you get like getting scared and you get scared easily, the film might do its job for you.

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It is a horror film that expands the genre, not by relying on scaring the audience, but by giving you gravitating characters that give the film a strong emotional core that makes it stand out. Andy Muschietti established an immersive world that left me wanting more. I definitely recommend seeing It if you haven’t yet.

Rating: A

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‘It’ Smashes Box Office Records and J.J. Abrams is New Episode IX Director

The latest Stephen King adaptation, It, came out this past weekend, and it definitely left its mark in the box office. It was originally projected to make $50-60 million in its opening weekend, a number that is amazing on its own. However, surprising many people it managed to more than double those predictions and make $123 million in its opening weekend. This broke many box office records including:

  • Largest September Opening (Beating Hotel Transylvania 2 which opened with $48.5 million in 2015)
  • Largest Fall Opening (Gravity previously having this with a $55.8 million opening in 2013)
  • Largest Horror Movie Opening (Paranormal Activity 3 brought in $52.6 million in 2011)
  • Largest Stephen King Adaptation Opening (1408 came in at only $20.6 million in 2007)
  • Second Largest Opening For an R-Rated Film (Of course, Deadpool is in first place with $132 million in 2016)
  • Widest R-Rated Opening (It opened in 4,103 theaters beating Logan‘s 4,073 record)
  • Second Highest Total Gross For a Stephen King Adaptation (Unadjusted for inflation The Green Mile is in first place; Adjusted for inflation It is in seventh place)

I think we can all agree that this is one of the biggest box office surprises of the year. No one expected this to open this big. It even made more that Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened at $117 million. You also have to keep in mind that there could have been a bigger opening if Hurricane Irma didn’t close down theaters in Florida. I do have admit that I haven’t seen It yet because we had family over from the hurricane, so I had to stay with them. I do send my condolences to all in Florida that were affected and the families of those who were affected by Hurricane Irma. Movies are fun to talk about, but real life is more important. Because of all that, I plan to see It next weekend. In the mean time, I’m working on another Stephen King movie review that should go up sometime this week. Guess what it is in the comments!

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In other news, Star Wars: Episode IX has a new director. Starwars.com announced that J.J. Abrams will return from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to work on the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy. Abrams will direct the film and co-write it with Oscar-winning Chris Terrio. Kathleen Kennedy made the following statement:

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,”

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I think this quote says what my thoughts are on Abrams returning. I loved The Force Awakens, it was a great reintroduction to the universe that was one of the most enjoyable Star Wars movies to date. I said in one of my previous articles that I thought Rian Johnson would direct Episode IX, so this is somewhat surprising to me. I am excited that J.J. is coming back, he will probably bring the fun feel that The Force Awakens had the close out the trilogy in a high note. However, I would have liked to see a new take for Episode IX instead of bringing back Abrams, but I’m certainly not upset by the choice they made. 

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Colin Trevorrow Leaves ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

After Disney bought Lucasfilm, there was a plan to make more Star Wars movies with a new trilogy with that. We’ve had two new Star Wars movies so far with three more officially announced on the way. They had a plan for who would direct each film, and when they would release. Lucasfilm wrote a report saying that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. They released the following statement:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

This is very concerning for many Star Wars fans, especially after the recent news that Lord and Miller would not direct the Han Solo stand alone movie, well into production, with Ron Howard stepping in the finish the film. Lucasfilm hasn’t announced a new director yet, but they did say in their statement that updates would be coming soon. 

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Lucasfilm seems to be having some problems with keeping their visions straight with their directors. The same thing happened when Lord and Miller were removed from the Han Solo movie. However, according to multiple reports that was a case of the directors agreeing to make one movie and instead making a slapstick comedy. If that’s what happened, it wasn’t completely  Lucasfilm’s fault. The crazy thing about that director change was that they only had weeks of filming left, so they had already made the majority of the film when they left. Lucasfilm seemed to have learned their lesson this time, separating before production starts on the film. This would remove problems with mixing ideas inside the film and how much time is spent on reshoots.

Like I said, many fans are upset by this because it’s the second time in a row this has happened. I think those concerns are absolutely valid While I’m not really worried about it, it only makes sense to be apprehensive now with the same thing happening twice. I don’t think Lucasfilm is falling apart or anything like that, but something is going on whether that’s a major thing or a minor thing.

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On the other hand, some fans are happy about this news based on Trevorrow’s filmography. While Jurassic World was one of the biggest movies of all time, it was not received very well critically. Also, Book of Henry failed critically and in the box office. I didn’t bother seeing Book of Henry because of lack of interest and review. But, I did see Jurassic World and I thought it was a fun movie, however it had script and structural problems along with that. I think the most likely choice to direct Episode IX is Rian Johnson. Disney seems to be very pleased with what he’s done with The Last Jedi, and it makes sense for him to go from Episode VII to IX. It would be a smooth transition to have the same director with the two films. 
Like all movie news, let’s not freak out just because of this one story. Let’s wait to see who is the new director, a trailer, or better yet wait until the movie itself comes out. While it’s natural to be concerned, we can’t judge the movie until we see it.

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Warner Bros. Eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Joker

After the recent news of a standalone Joker movie set outside of the DCEU, the one question many fans have been asking is “Who will play the Joker?” It looks like Warner Bros. it’s looking at one of the greatest actors working today, Leonardo DiCaprio, to take on the role.

In a report from THR, it was said that Warner Bros. wants to get Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the Martin Scorsese produced Joker film. This could help legitimize the film to be awards worthy with Scorsese and DiCaprio both involved. DiCaprio has been nominated for five Oscars for acting roles, winning his lastest one. This would be a major change for the look on this film is this works out. DiCaprio hasn’t been given an offer yet and Scorsese isn’t even officially signed on to produce yet. This is only what Warner Bros. plan is at the moment, nothing is set in stone.

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Getting DiCaprio in the film would obviously be a fantastic choice. He’s worked with Scorsese multiple times in films like Gangs of New York, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Although Scorsese won’t be directing, the two of them have proven they work well together. I think it will be interesting to see a DC movie that doesn’t have to connect to a larger universe and can tell its own story. As long as they wait until their current universe is well established, this could turn out to be very successful. However, If I could have anyone to play the Joker I would have Daniel Day-Lewis. I know he’s retiring after his next film, but wouldn’t it be awesome to see his take on the Joker? He just seems like he could give a Joker we haven’t seen before.

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