Chris’ Movie Review
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Rating: 5/10 (Average)
Recommendation: Redbox It
It’s been a long time but I’m back! Finally, I had the chance to walk down to the theater and catch some movies. So be on the lookout for a few reviews between today and tomorrow. Now, let’s get onto It.
It stars Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Finn Wolfhard (Richie).
In a small town, Deery, Maine lives a group of kids who are “Losers.” They get bullied by the older kids and mocked by others. These kids are just trying to survive school and the summer until they come across a killer clown.
Now these kids must fight off a killer clown with no help from any adults what so ever.
It, from the early 90’s, is a movie that is memorable because the red balloon and clown. Now we have a reboot, because of course we do, and we’re trying to bring back fear with clowns and balloons…. Balloons…. God. Who wrote this?
For starters, the kids are great. I don’t know why there are so many good child actors but there are. These kids are able to portray emotion, friendship, and physical pain really. And on top of that, these kids have a great chemistry with one another. It almost feels like they’ve known each other for years. Even though I’m guessing they haven’t. And honestly, that is the best part of the film.
So the clown isn’t scary. It’s just sad. Look, clowns can be terrifying without trying and in this film, the clown is trying but failing miserably. The setups are okay but the clown comes in and ruins everything with a pointless jump scare. Half of his dialogue is just meh. And hell, I laughed at one point because of how silly It was. There is nothing scary about him what so ever.
Now, I don’t know if the clown is supposed to be cheesy or not. I never read the book. But if I met this clown, I don’t think I’d be terrified. Sure, I wouldn’t be able to kill it easily and then that would get to me but his antics are just silly and they don’t add up. His plans just don’t make sense in the least.
On top of everything, the previews actually helped ruined this film. They show most of the big scares and give you an idea of what will happen in each shot. This ruins a lot of the setup of each scare and intrigue throughout the movie. There is nothing that’s hidden and what is, is ruined by the clown doing a generic scare. It’s just so disappointing.
I could go on about how the movie isn’t terrifying. I could state over and over how the setup shots are so so and how the clown ruins each attempt to get you to jump out of your seat, but I won’t. I’m honestly disappointed with how this film turned out. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece but I was expecting something good. A lot of critics were jumping all over this movie and liking it. So, I thought I might like it as well and I just couldn’t see what the hype was all about in the end.
If you want to say that my expectations were too high, you can. That may have had a slight influence but normally, I don’t let ratings affect me. If you like this movie, more power to you but as my first review in 3 weeks, I just wanted to get everything out on the table about this film. There. I’m good now.
It is a movie that didn’t get me to cover my eyes once. (If you follow me regularly, you know that’s not a good thing). There was so much potential lying around the set but none of it was used properly.
The scares are disappointing. The clown isn’t scary. And I didn’t cover my eyes. But the kids are great. The background stories are interesting. And the setting isn’t awful.
This film gets the Redbox It recommendation because there are a lot of people who will want to see it, which is fine, but it’s best to watch it home. Maybe open a few drinks and get ready to laugh along with the plot and clown. Just leave the kids out of it. They were really good.
As usual, thanks for reading!