This weekend I went to see the movie It, based on Stephen King's novel. Now, don't hate me, but as much as I love watching the films, I can't stand reading King's books. Something about the writing style just rubs me the wrong way. I also never saw the original 1990 film. So I went into the theater on Saturday with absolutely no background knowledge other than what the trailer had given me. It went something like this:
"Well, we have an R-rated Stephen King movie, so I'm sure we'll see some blood and gore and I'll be cowering behind my hand for most of it. Nothing I haven't seen befo--OH MY GOD THAT CLOWN JUST RIPPED THE LITTLE BOY'S ARM OFF WITH HIS TEETH WHAT THE FUCK?!?!"
This was an excellent movie, without a doubt. I didn't even mind the damsel-in-distress trope at the end. All the boys pull together to rescue Beverly, the only girl in the group that at least two of the boys have a crush on. But given how awesome she is--both before and after her rescue--and how great the rest of the movie is, I'm willing to let that one slide.
It's also hilarious. Not funny in the way bad horror movies are funny, or even horror comedies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. Interspersed through the terror is a steady stream of humor and side-jokes that had the whole theater giggling. Sometimes it's something one of Billie's smart-ass friends say, and sometimes it's a shout-out to the horrible awkwardness of youth. It provides not only comic relief, but also makes the characters that much more relatable.
The weird thing is, I didn't think it was a particularly scary movie. There were definitely some jump moments, and on a scale of one to ten the creepiness factor was a solid twenty. But in terms of gut-wrenching, oh-my-god-I-can't-even-look-at-the-screen, I'm-not-getting-any-sleep-tonight terror that I normally get from horror movies...nope. Not there. I admit that was a bit disappointing, but it's like opening a box labelled "pumpkin pie" and getting chocolate pie instead. Not bad, just a different flavor.
But that's just me. My cousin almost broke his friend's hand, he was gripping it so tight, and left the theater shaking in his boots.
Overall, it's a great film. Definitely worth the money. The only complaint I have is that we have to wait until 2019 before we get to see It: Chapter Two.
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The first Dragons, Zombies and Aliens blog was started in 2015. Somewhere between college coursework, paying rent with door-to-door sales, and keeping up with my sorority sisters, I wrote reviews, rants and commentaries on books, TV shows, and movies. Now, this blog has moved, improved, and the sky's the limit!