Rating: 8 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 08/03/2019, 09/10/2017 (rewatch)
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Rated R | Length 135 minutes
Neil Crone | Roberto Campanella | Stephen Bogaert | Anthony Ulc | Joe Bostick | Liz Gordon | Steven Williams | Ari Cohen | Geoffrey Pounsett | Elizabeth Saunders | Javier Botet | Stuart Hughes | Bill Skarsgård | Megan Charpentier | Isabelle Nélisse | Jake Sim | Wyatt Oleff | David Katzenberg | Jaeden Martell | Don Tripe | Finn Wolfhard | Janet Porter | Sophia Lillis | Molly Atkinson | Nicholas Hamilton | Jeremy Ray Taylor | Owen Teague | Edie Inksetter | Chosen Jacobs | Jackson Robert Scott | Kate Moyer | Logan Thompson | Jack Dylan Grazer | Pip Dwyer | Carter Musselman | Tatum Lee | Sonia Gascón | Kelly Van der Burg | Katie Lunman | Martha Gibson | Kasie Rayner | Jocelyn Mattka | Paige Rosamond | Memo Díaz Capt. | Chantal Vachon
Figured with the slim pickings I’d go see this again since I wanted to revisit before Chapter Two anyways. Also hopefully will keep me awake.
Was cool to see this on the big screen again and w/o any audience distractions. Still dislike the rigid seating at this theater and that they have zero interest in projecting films correctly (roughly 4ft of the image was projected on the curtains on each side of the screen).
As for the story, I’m still not keen on all the parents / adults being deliberately portrayed as bad/evil or generally aloof. I get why but I’d prefer them to just be normal rather than another foil for the Loser Club. Minor thing but the skinny jeans that Patrick (the first bully that’s killed) is wearing annoys me; no one in Maine was wearing skinny jeans in 1989.
The positives completely overcome those negatives. First the Losers Club is great. I love these kids. Ben is my favorite followed by Eddie then Richie and Stanley. Such great chemistry between them which is nice to see from such young actors. The banter is terrific and funny. Also love the sound design and location; they really succeeded in finding the perfect small town to tell this story in the period.
The SPFX are very good. I don’t consider this a “scary” movie but it has the right mood. Perhaps if I had seen this as a kid I’d be scared. And the pacing is excellent for a film of this length. It moves along w/no downtime.
There was a family of 8 or 9 that came in right before it started including some very young kids and I thought “oh wow that’s cool for a 10pm screening.” Once the movie began there was some commotion and the realization they were in the wrong theater (maybe they were going to Lion King or something) so they got up to leave and there was one young boy on the very end w/his popcorn and soda who said, “but I wanna watch this” and my heart swelled. :)