It’s time for the long awaited post that I’ve been wanting to make for such a long time. Due to podcasts turning into Destiny’s Child (a different co-host every few months or so lmao) I’ve decided that until I’m able to find people in the same time zone or who can commit to a weekly or even a monthly podcast, that I should probably shove all of my reviews/rants/raves about movies and tv shows onto my blog. What I’m not really fond of is the fact that this’ll all be one sided and I won’t really have the exciting dialogue/banter between one of my friends and myself. However I’ll at least get to say that my opinions are fact since no one is around to tell me otherwise (HAHAHA KIDDING) and the first movie I want to talk about is Stephen King’s IT starring Bill Skarsgaard.
I remember watching the original movie from 1990 when I when I was little. IT came out when I was 2 years old, but I remember watching it when I was about 8 or 9. Watching IT was just like watching any other movie to me, I wasn’t scared at all. I did however, love the story of a creepy clown spooking everyone in lil’ ol’ Derry – a very normal and vanilla town. Tim Curry as Pennywise was EVERYTHING. He brought the character to life and there’s just something about him that always made me want to keep watching no matter what he was doing. He can be scary one minute, a douchebag the next (Rooster in Annie), or a sexy dzzzaddy in Rocky Horror Picture Show. DON’T JUDGE, YOU KNOW HE’S HOT IN THAT MOVIE AS FRANKIE.
I can’t be the only person who was kinda iffy about how Bill Skarsgaard would play Pennywise, only because the remake of any movie is never as good as the original, with a few exceptions of course. I was worried that his performance would be underwhelming because as I’m sure you’ve realized by now, I hold Tim curry on the highest of pedestals when it comes to being an OG character that you (I) just couldn’t see anyone else playing. I am so happy to say that I was wrong about my expectations of Bill’s performance. He was so different than Tim Curry that I didn’t really feel the need to compare the two after watching the movie other than the fact that they are both just very different…
Ok fine my only comparison that I want to make is that Tim Curry was creepy and *almost* scary while I feel like there was a strange creepy, eerie, childish tone to Bill’s version of Pennywise.
What I loved about this remake is that they’ve taken the original and split it into two parts. I remember being confused about the kid’s backgrounds in the original film and never really understood where they came from – I LOVE me a good backstory. I loved getting to know the characters because previously, you only got a hint of what their upbringing was like. I also remember in the original that they never showed the kids “killing” Pennywise, I could be wrong but I only ever remember seeing them get him as adults. It makes me wonder what the next film will be like since this will be done in what I assume will be two parts. I really have no idea how they’d expand on their adult lives because from what I can remember it was very straight forward – if he ever comes back everyone made a vow to go back to Derry and finish the job. I am looking forward to seeing how this all turns out and finding out who they are casting for each role.
I think that my favorite part of the changes they made is the fact that the original mini series took place in 1960 then 1990 and the remake takes place in 1989. I can only assume the next chapter will take place in 2016 since Pennywise is supposed to come back every 27 years. This can also be a little bit of a let down because I’d personally love for the movie to take place in the year chapter 2 is released because there’s always that “OMG THIS IS HAPPENING RAHNAO” part of spooky films that makes it more “real” even though the idea of a creepy clown running around has actually been a thing… but we won’t get into that.
I’d give the film a 7/10 and I am VERY MUCH looking forward to chapter 2. Have I said that enough?
Thanks for reading!