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by V B 4 years ago in movie review

An Opinion: How Pennywise & the Gang Raised the Bar

Pennywise and the Symbolic red ballon


I hate horror movies.

In fact, I only watch them when I’m forced to.

There are several reasons to hate the horror genre.

I hate how they make every girl unequivocally sexy and every guy, no matter how likable, dies in the goriest way.

I need to, at the very least, have some foreshadowing and see the ability of the characters to fight back. If I wanted to see a movie where it’s solely limbs and shit getting cut up, I would watch one of those films vegans show to people at the local KFC.

I know by now everyone must be somewhat tired of killers who only target people in the age range of 16–25 that have pre-marital sex. Let’s just call every other killer cock-block killers.

Before I am sidetracked, humor and outrage at the genre aside…

It was different.

I’d walked in that cold ass theater and plopped down into the new un-reclinable leather seats expecting disappointment, already mad that I couldn’t be at home hypocritically playing my favorite video-game at the moment, Friday the 13th.

My brother was excited for It, so I HAD to tag along. He even still brought me along as I complained the entire car ride about how it would be terrible.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Here are some quick points that pulled a horror hater like me into the film.

POINT 1: In the first moments of the movie, I’m shocked at the quality of the cinematography, how suspense is built from the camera angles of little Georgie exploring his family’s unnecessarily dark basement to that asshole racist getting chewed up in the sewers after that beautiful red ballon emerged from below the screen.

The CGI wasn't great, but the suspension of objects in the air to Pennywise's animation created a truly terrifying experience, even in the opening scenes of his bright eyes peering through the dark at frightened Georgie.

POINT 2: The humor is outstanding. I am not going to tell any of the jokes here, because I wouldn't be doing the film justice by typing it out. The delivery was impeccable, and the best acting and delivery came from the young actors themselves!

The kids had some of the best material I’d ever witnessed. It was original, it was brutal, it was offensive, and the jokes sounded right coming out of their mouths. It wasn't too far ahead of their age group, nor was it too juvenile and pandering.

I don’t know how those actors' parents felt about their children talking about the "clap," "crabs," and saying the word "fuck" on film, but I found it satisfying.

Just like any golden humorous content, it was unfiltered, relatable, and it played beautifully on the line of the audience feeling personally attacked and endeared.

POINT 3: The characters had lives, and they captured a little bit of everybody’s home life within the confines of two hours and fifteen minutes.

However, I will say, reading the book would seem like a better idea if you truly want to dig into each child’s life, but I’m not sure if that’s necessary. Pennywise attacks regardless of their home life.

Comparing other horror movies, where everybody seems to be a walking stereotype, and the entire time you find yourself asking, “Who the hell would keep looking back, trip, and wait for a serial killer to dig in them with a rusty chainsaw?”

That is not the case in this film.

I can’t recall a single moment where I DIDN’T agree with the kids’ actions. They were heroes, they were likable, intelligent, resilient. They faced trials and tribulations, they were broken, and they persevered.

POINT 4: I could talk about how it deserves classic status by its sales, how though provoking it is, how it made me want to sell my plasma to be able to purchase the novel, but I’ll let this point go to something visceral; it is memorable and re-watchable.

That is the beauty and simplicity of film; just that one question, "Would you re-watch it?"

When I left the theater, I wished it were one of those television shows they refused to cancel after seventeen seasons. I was ready to laugh again; I wanted more, more, more.

Something being a so called "classic" is subjective, but this is something I see people talking about further down the line. I SEE people wanting the second movie.

I want to dive in the history of Pennywise further. I see a story unfolding here, and it's not done yet.

This movie is a classic because it is a game changer.

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