Horror Movie Review: It Remake

Yeah-yeah, I know, I'm late to the game. But now that this is the highest grossing horror film of all time, there was no way in Hell I was missing it. 

It is about a group of kids who are terrorized by a shapeshifting clown named Pennywise. The clown can takes the form of the children's deepest fears. The majority of the movie is the kids dealing with the clown and their personal problems, like bullies, over protective moms, dead brothers, and child molesting incest father. 

So I'm going to try to talk about the movie without comparing it to the original miniseries, however I don't think this will be a problem, considering that this movie only adapted the first half of it. Without a doubt the best part of the movie were the kid actors. Each one of them was fantastic. The lead was good, the chubby kid was good, the girl was good (okay, I don't fucking remember their names, but their personalities were memorable). But my favorite was Finn Wolfhard's character, who played the goofy jokester kid. Even when a joke didn't work, he nailed the delivery of it. At its core, it's a film about innocence, and it does a good job capturing innocence. 

Now for the biggest problem with the film, the actually horror elements. I was afraid this movie would be like the Babadook, in which, mainstream movie going audiences will find this scary but horror fans like myself will see it as half ass scares. And... I was right. The horror elements of this movie are very cookie-cutter, audience pleasing horror tropes. Every scare is accompanied with loud orchestral music. The moments of horror feel more like action scenes then horror scenes. If there was more subtly in the movie, it would have made this film a fantastic, but sadly the horror was very weak, and in a horror film, that's going to take a chunk out of the enjoyment. Thankfully the stuff with the kids managed to save the film and grab your attention. 

But now for the main event, the real reason you came to see this movie: Pennywise. Pennywise is such a fun villain, whether in book form or Tim Curry form. He's a villain with an un-ending amount of power, but he's completely cocky about it. I love villains like that, especially horror movie villains. So does this version of Pennywise capture that sinister creature? Kind of... This is the only thing in the movie I'm split about. On the one hand, I can't seem to be able to call this thing Pennywise. I don't know why though. Maybe it has to do with the fact that, while it did have that cocky personality, we didn't see much of it. In most of the film, Pennywise doesn't speak, and it's only in the very beginning and at the very end when his goofy, laughs in your face as he kills you persona comes out. But in the middle, he serves as a silent antagonist. I guess this is to make him more monster like and less goofy. I don't know, I was entertained by this version, it just think they let his personality shine through that much. 

So final thoughts, I really liked It. It's not the best horror film to come out this year, but it's still enjoyable due to the kid actors. It doesn't work as a horror film, but it does work as a coming of age film. I wished it didn't rely on cliché horror scares, but I still had fun while watching it. There's just one thing I'm worried about is how will Hollywood interrupt the success of this movie? Will they invest in horror again, reviving the dead genre? Or will they just remake classic horror films like they've been doing for the last 12 years? Maybe they will remake horror movies like It, in which the original was not that good but has marketing potential? No... They're going to remake popular horror films. Can't wait for that second Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. I'm sure that's coming up next.