Going to see It tonight. Will let you know if it’s a letdown.
Follow up: just saw It and It was pretty decent. Has a pretty strong 80s vibe except there are a few things in there that would never get into an 80s movie.
I really liked the Georgie/Bill stuff in there. That was pretty decent. And all the kid actors were pretty great. Except Finn Wolfhard’s character who was kind of annoying. Though there were some pretty heavy bits, overall it felt like a pretty hard pg-13 rather than the R rating they kept bragging about.
While it did not blow me away, I still gotta say It is definitely worth watching. It is just a good, solid movie overall. It feels like a throwback in that it is definitely a concise story with a solid 3-to-5 act structure.
It has pretty solid pacing and while they could probably slash some stuff, the 2:15 runtime feels necessary. We also got a touch of the cosmic horror King has hinted at for years. I would say it almost has some definite shades of Lovecraft in Pennywise but the ending is antithetical to his ethos. But it’s there. Frankly, it feels like the first Stephen King movie to actually get what everyone loves about Stephen King.
BUT It has set such a high bar that the sequel is guaranteed to disappoint. Oh yeah, I would call that a spoiler but they basically announced It 2 as of last Monday so… Anyway, if you watched the last movie, you know that there is one reason people remember this movie and that was for the kids because the adult stuff tended to suck pretty hard. If they are going to make the sequel work, they have to put out something uncompromising. Now is the time to go absolutely gonzo hard-R. Not A Serbian Film or anything but put these characters through something they will NEVER recover from. It’s either that or it will just suck. And if there was ever a film that has a prime opportunity to suck it’s going to be the sequel to It.
Anyway, It gets my recommendation.