4 Things I Didn't Like About 'It'

Friday, September 8, 2017

Last night I saw the highly anticipated movie "It," based on Stephen King's 1986 novel and my initial reaction was disappointment. It wasn't a bad movie. I'm sure in a few days when I reflect back on it, I'll probably agree that it's good. But walking out of the theatre, all I felt was that it didn't meet my expectations.

It's worth mentioning that I haven't read Stephen King's "It," nor have I seen the original movie. So it's possible that the aspects I didn't like are specific to this execution rather than the original story.

Nonetheless, here are four spoiler-free things I didn't like about the new movie.

1. Pennywise wasn't as menacing as I envisioned.

I thought he'd have more of a Creepy Old Man vibe, rather than eerily goofy. Bill Skarsgard looks very young, and when he smiles (as Pennywise), it reminds me of a mischievous child.

Maybe that's what they were going for. Clowns are goofy and silly, and Pennywise is still a clown. Don't get me wrong, he still looks extremely creepy, but the general vibe from his look wasn't as much of a shock-scare as I'd expected.

2. It was lacking explanations.

This is partially a personal thing. Many people don't mind a movie where scary things happen "just because." Not me. I want there to be an explanation. Even if the explanation is crazy – I am capable of having a bit of an imagination when it comes to these things – I need something. I need it to make at least a little bit of sense, even if it's bizarre. I was left with too many questions.*

3. Some of the dialogue actually made me cringe.

This one wasn't too much of an issue, but I can't not mention the fact that I actually gagged when Beverly shouted, "This is what he wants!! He wants to divide us!!!" U g h.

4. It didn't feel like a horror movie.

This was the main disappointment for me. With all of the hype for this movie, I went into it think I'd be horrified, scared right down to my bones and haunted for days. Instead, I spent more time laughing than nervously peering through my fingers.

This wasn't a horror movie. This was a story about a boy who went missing, his older brother and his funny friends trying to figure out what's up with their weird town, and oh yeah a creepy clown who's scary sometimes. It's a good story and movie premise, but if you're going into it hoping to be utterly terrified, I don't think it'll happen.

*SPOILER: Like, why were all the kids seeing shit except Richie? Why was Eddie's mom so creepy? Why did I always forget Stanley was part of the friend group? 

Image from purplebaboon.blogspot.com.

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