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BLOG EVENT - IT (2017) - EXTENDED REVIEW + HD TRAILER + QUOTES

Georgie: Bill? If you'll come with me, you'll float too.

Bill Denbrough: Georgie?

Georgie: You'll float, too, you'll float, too, you'll float, too... YOU'LL FLOAT, TOO! 

 

It (2017)

R-13 | | Drama, Horror | 7 September 2017 (Philippines)

 
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A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

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In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.  


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7 September 2017 (Philippines) 

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It (Eso) 

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Pennywise: Hi Georgie!
[pause]
Pennywise: What a nice boat. Do you want it back?
Georgie: Um... Yes, please.
Pennywise: You look like a nice boy, I bet you have a lot of friends.
Georgie: Three... but my brother is my best's best.
Pennywise: Where is he?
Georgie: In bed. Sick.
Pennywise: I bet I can cheer him up! I'll give him a ballon. Do you want a ballon too, Georgie?
Georgie: I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers.
Pennywise: Oh! Well, I'm Pennywise, the dancing clown. "Pennywise?". "Yes?", "Meet Georgie". "Georgie, meet Pennywise".
[Georgie laughs]
Pennywise: Now we aren't strangers. Are we?
Georgie: What are you doing in the sewer?
Pennywise: A storm blew me away. Blew the whole circus away.
[laughs]
Pennywise: Can you smell the circus, Georgie? There's peanuts... cotton candy... hot dogs... and...
Georgie: Popcorn?
Pennywise: POPCORN! Is that your favorite?
Georgie: Aha.
Pennywise: Mine too!
[laughs]
Pennywise: Because they pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop, pop!
[both laugh]
Pennywise: [pause]
Georgie: Hum... I should get going, now.
Pennywise: Oh! Without your boat? You don't wanna lose it Georgie. Bill's gonna kill you! Here. Take it.
[pause]
Pennywise: Take it, Georgie.

This is how the older version of IT starts and I am very happy to tell not at all a big surprise that this dialogue is also included in the newer version of IT, starting on September 7 / 8, 2017.

What persuaded me to watch this movie was the blessing bestowed upon it by the stories original creator, Stephen King, who claimed: "I wasn't prepared for how good it really was".

He's not wrong.

"IT" is quite extraordinary. The attention to detail, the subtle but effective comedic undertone and the exquisite cinematography not only do the original title proud, they make this re-imagining of the original classic even better than its predecessor.

It's a very scary film but what impressed me was how true the film sticks to the original's tricks; it isn't filled with loud in-your-face jump scares, in fact, a lot of what makes this film scary is the slick cinematography and intricate shadow play. The use of lighting and creation of atmosphere is what makes this film so tense, which is why it's perfectly suited for those who like Horror movies but without the obnoxious gore.

The performance of Bill Skarsgård is good along with the kids performance, like Bev, Mike etc. It was super faithful to the novel, more than the 1990 miniseries and they added new scenes. So i'm going to say that i'm super impressed with this adaptation, thumbs up, oh and the makeup was super good, so again, thumbs up for that. 

The new adaptation of IT has a lavish Spielbergian approach to the proceedings which partly works and partly really doesn't. All child actors are well cast, with their strengths and weaknesses perfectly at display. Their interaction and friendship is handled with ease and good humour and is by far the most enjoyable part of the story.

Less tasteful is how they interact with adults who are distant and authoritative or just as much monsters as the one that is after the kids. The recent Stranger Things, one cast member of which reappears, had this covered much better, with the obvious note that Stranger Things itself is an evolution of King's and Spielberg's earlier works. The school bullies are also ridiculously evil and inhuman which is seldom seen in today's media.

As King's popular novel is much copied, the terrifying events, however carefully produced, come across somewhat outdated. The number of jump scares feels like yet another throwback to old-school horror. Music swells to underline everything that happens on the screen, with no emotion without a score to tell the audience exactly what they should be experiencing right now. That gets intrusive quickly.

What the marketing entirely skips, this is actually the part 1. It covers the first half of the novel only, with the rest coming in the part 2.

Last summer, the surprise hit Stranger Things did more than turn a minor character with tragic fashion sense into a social media sensation. (#BarbsNotTHATGreatGuys.) It stoked interest in the 1980s work of Stephen King — especially in It, another horror adventure in which a band of kids fight a monster whose existence goes unnoticed by adults. The summer phenom must have warmed the hearts of execs at New Line, who had finally started shooting their big-screen adaptation of that novel.

Now It is upon us, in a summer that saw another long-awaited Stephen King project, The Dark Tower, arrive to shrugging shoulders. This film, directed by Andy Muschietti (after intended helmer Cary Fukunaga fell out with the studio two years ago), has a much easier job than Tower did, telling the first half of a story that starts in the '80s and (in a planned sequel) ends in roughly the present day. Its biggest challenges are finding a group of kid thesps with chemistry, and making its eponymous villain as creepy as Tim Curry was in the well-liked 1990 miniseries adaptation. Succeeding more on the first front than the second, It is a solid thriller that works best when it is most involved in its adolescent heroes' non-monster-related concerns. It will prove much more satisfying to King's legion of fans than Tower did. But it falls well short of the King-derived film it clearly wants to evoke, Stand By Me; and newcomers who were spoiled by the eight richly developed hours of Stranger Things may wonder what the big deal is supposed to be.
 To be sure, the picture's villain gets an entrance as unsettling as any viewer could hope for. Pennywise the clown, played by Bill Skarsgard, is lurking in a sewer when a young boy comes across him. With Bugs Bunny-sized incisors and a lilting voice, he's almost obscenely ingratiating as he offers the boy the paper boat he has lost. Soon the boy, too, is lost.

Several months later, that boy's brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) has not stopped believing he is alive somewhere, waiting to be rescued. He theorizes that Georgie was caught up in rainwater and washed out to the far reaches of the sewer system, and to their credit, three of his friends are willing to brave the muck and help him look. Bullied at school, the boys think of themselves as losers, and they soon add a few outcasts to their crew — one of them a pretty girl.

 The members of the Losers Club are broadly sketched — one stutters, one is fat; one's a hypochondriac, one (Richie, played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard) a joker. (If the straight-laced Stan, played by Wyatt Oleff, feels comparatively underdeveloped, readers of the novel will understand why.) As for Beverly (Sophia Lillis), who is rumored to be promiscuous, she's actually an innocent coping with her father's unsavory attentions.

The group works together very nicely, and many viewers will wish for more hangout time with them — watching as the boys compete for Beverly's attention, get on each other's nerves and form strategies for avoiding their tormentor Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton).

But this isn't Stand By Me, and these kids have a monster to fight. Pennywise, we learn, is a shapeshifter who can take on whatever form is most frightening to his victim. And the film gets right into those hauntings, with a series of sequences in which, targeted when each is alone, the kids seemingly hallucinate horrible things. Though effective individually, the scenes don't build upon each other to fill us with dread. And they would benefit from a few more practical effects mixed in with the CG, especially if Muschietti wants to milk some retro pleasures from his setting. (The screenplay has moved the book's first section from the '50s to 1989.)

Chubby, sweet Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), who hides from mockery in the library, learns that "It" has been haunting this town for generations, reappearing every 27 years to feed on local children for a while; soon, the kids use old maps to figure out where he hides. The final act takes place down in the sewers and gives the kids a satisfying opportunity to team up and fight through everything that scares them. But as for It itself: Being all fears to all people is a big job, and the movie doesn't give Skarsgard enough opportunities to develop the terrifying persona we saw at the beginning.

Fear not, though: The actor should get another crack at things in Chapter Two, when the Losers have grown up and must reunite to save their hometown from It a second time.

As you can see I am very not sure what to say about the movie. On the one hand I am very happy that there was this remake done. On the other hand I am not sure about the concept and if It will work if there will be a for sure continue.

The movie is extremely long with 135 minutes, but the focus is more on the other half of the original. We have old school horror elements like many many jump scares and I am missing also some surprising twist.
I really consider a lot that this is a remake of a story which was there before, transported into now and than.

It is a highlight in the horror genre this year, so that is why It becomes

9/10 genre

point here.

8/10 overall

because the movie has weakness but It is still amazing and something you need to see.

Thanks for reading and have fun watching IT.
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