Signed up the 28/03/2017
Be warned that there are spoilers ahead
I've been sitting on my hands for a few days, after finally watching Andy Muschietti's IT, so I wouldn't scratch the raging itch to immidiately pen my thoughts on the movie even though I knew very well that I wasn't ready at the particular time. Well, the sirens have finally wailed and I'm here now; ready to immortalise my throbbing views on the silver screen adaption of Stephen King's bestselling, and otherwise controversial, 1986 novel.
It has to be noted that the book itself is a 1000 pages long, meaning that a lot of content was forced to be wrung to fit the 2-hour running-time. This makes it very hard for anyone who hasn't read the novel to grasp most concepts protrayed in the film. What I'm getting at is that this will be a big ole spoiler filled analysis and/or guide for the movie. I'll keep it tight and comprehensible, though! I'll mainly cover some of the most confusing plots and eastereggs (there's a wholesome of them, btw).
The film overall sets up for the 2019 sequel, which was announced a week or so after the movie's release. So you can already imagine how much of the plot was left hanging. The origins of Pennywise aren't really focused on in this movie, besides that new kid's folklore rants about the town of Derry to the other kids- which basically shed some light on what and why Pennywise is. At the end, it is revealed that the actual title of the movie is IT: Chapter One (The Loser's Club). This would lead anyone to believe that the forthcoming sequel will be titled IT: Pennywise- which will finally focus on The Dancing Clown himself.
Pennywise isn't just a clown who is without depth, honies. Oh no, we're talking about one of the most powerful interdimentional entities to ever exist in fiction. It can shapeshift into anything and anyone it wants. It can manipulate minds to its satisfaction, and possess its power unto those who are weakened by fear by preying on their deepest dread.
Weighing the movie against this description, the Pennywise portrayed is a bit of a flickering silhouette in the distance. The only time that you might experience real chilling terror is in the first act, where he is the demon clown I can personally get on board with. This is where a young Goergie, whose toy boat accidentally sails into the sewer, is enticed into a conversation with It. This being the establishing scene for the rest of the movie, it was quite dissapointing that the Pennywise thereafter isn't as frightful as the clown aspires to be. The exaggerated costume, along with those shark teeth, is distracting to say the least. This doesn't take away from Bill Skarsgård's unwavering depiction of the character, as even through his eyes his commitment shows. This guy actually wanted to be Pennywise so bad he became It. Very impressive!
The Losers' Club is brought into focus throughout the movie, but the kids who really stand out are Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Richie (Finn Wolfhard). Eddie is a nihilistic, energetic little bowl of laughs whose prevelant talents are ranting and apprehension. He's the most enjoyable to watch in the movie, and is possibly the most wise, too. "I don't need these. They're gazebos, they're bulls***". Here he addresses his mother, referring to the prescription medication she's put him on since he was small- which is a form of child abuse due to her disorder, Munchausen syndrome.
Richie on the other hand is a smart-mouthed schmuck who slyly assumes leader-of-the-pack. He says things like "I drew the short stick, you were lucky we weren't measuring d****" out of nowhere, so you can imagine the chaotic mess he is. His banter flows throughout the film, complementing Eddie's rants. The overwhelming comic relief is wryly balanced out by the more tuned kids; who willfully commit to their individual sombre, depressed, apprehensive and quiet personalities.
A lot of relevant issues were covered in this movie, which (some) I've grown too immuned to go into detail about, but kudos to the writing team for handling such tough issues with unwavering might and genuine concern.
The Losers' Club itself is a crew full of kids you'd really want to hangout with outside the movie. But they're here for a reason and that's to end up at Pennywise's lair. And so the drama and adventure quickly unfold, leading up to that unfortunate event. Another fun thing to note is that almost all the t-shirts the kids wear are a sort of easteregg or another. One of Eddie's t-shirts hosts a scary-looking cartoon car over the chest area, and if you follow Stephen King books you'd know the car is actually Christine- a demon vehicle who has made quite a few appearances in Stephen King stories.
Talking about eastereggs, there's a scene where we get a quick shot of a street, and if you're really focusing (or into horror flicks like that) you'll notice "Elm's Street" on the side of the shop-front. This serves as a much appreciated nod to OG horror movie, A Nightmare on Elm's Street. I was quite frizzled out that a lot of bloggers and publications haven't noted this, or even picked it up at all. Another scene is where we see a lego turtle- this teases the brewing franchise as Pennywise's greatest foe is The Turtle.
Another thing you might be curious about is the phrase "they/we all float down here". The kids Pennywise murders' dead bodies literally float in his lair, this is because the lair doesn't abide by the laws of gravity. It could also be argued that when they're floating, their souls are stored in a place where It can still manipulate them to his liking. This is probably how he could morph into little Georgie, so he could trick Georgie's brother, Bill.
The movie is basically an encrypted ball of creepiness and laughs and, as I previously mentioned, a set-up to the sequel. While some might not be wholly satisfied due to not understanding most of the content, IT is actually the best thing you'll watch this year. The content that would prove most confusing is the ending. Without saying too much, that ending unfolds the way it does because Pennywise's one weakness is the power of belief, which leads to the victim mastering their worst fear- thus not getting scared too easily any longer. So if the victim believes that they can beat It at its own game, they probably can. For example, Beverly was able to see the Deadlights, and not be completely compromised because she had overcome her most prevalent fear, her father, and thus became less afraid of It- and less susceptible to It's tricks.
The Deadlights are IT's actual form. These come in the form of orange orbs. They're incomprehensible to the human mind, and if anyone sees them, that person instantly goes insane.
Another important thing to note is the ending where The Losers' Club are sitting together and Beverly mentions a dream she had. In this dream, all of them are adults and there seems to be a worrying feeling she has throughout the dream. They then go on to promise each other that if ever It comes back, no matter how old they are, they'll come back to fight it again too. Which is basically a hint at what will happen in the 2019 sequel.
As you can see, there's a lot to discover and divulge in this movie, so maybe watch it more than once. It's that interesting, and a super thrill, anyway. Skarsgård and the kids really handle their own in IT, and a result is a movie worthy of the 2-hours, and more worthy of a return. Excellent movie overall. Go watch it!
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