Quality films are a hard find. Quality horror films even more so. But sometimes, we are so desperate to find quality where there is none or very little that we tend to overrate things. The 2017 remake of "IT" by Andrés Muschietti is one of such things.
IT is not a bad movie. It has great characters that it devoted ample amount of time developing, and in spite of its occasional suspenseful elements, it's also a decent adventure film for children, almost Spielbergian even. Even the soundtrack makes you occasionally feel like you're on an epic quest to defeat evil. It's a nice cross between "Goonies" and "A Nightmare On Elm Street" (the latter of which was even referenced in the film itself), so I think Spielberg would have been a nice choice for directing this. Little do people know, he has been known to handle darker works too (like "Jaws" and "Duel").
The story is a decent coming of age tale where a group of kids overcome their real life troubles by defeating a supernatural one, symbolically maturing as individuals. It's not a bad story, and due to its time spent on fleshing out the characters, it can be a satisfying one where you come to care about and maybe even smile along with the characters by the end.
But because such a story is so familiar, it does feel kinda run-of-the-mill by the end. Aside from a really creepy pedophilia sub-plot, there aren't really that much unpredictable or groundbreaking twists here that subvert the conventional tropes. If anything, there were even a few stupid moments here where you question the characters' actions. Sure, they're just a bunch of stupid kids, but it's still annoying to see them dumbed down just because of their age. There's even a really cringey moment where the power of true love saves one of the characters. God, I thought I was watching a Disney film. My eyes rolled so hard I wanted to gorge them outta my sockets. And that "kiss of true love" didn't even matter anyway because the generic hero gets the girl instead of the unconventional love interest who performed the kiss. What a waste of a sub-plot. Why was that kiss even there if it's not gonna affect the plot?
Anyway, aside from those stupid moments, I guess it's a pretty decent film. There's supposedly a "Chapter Two" to this, and I hope it's better than this one. Maybe the first one for this would be like "A New Hope" and the sequel could be "Empire Strikes Back". I compare this to A New Hope because they are both kinda conventional hero's journey that got overrated through the passage of time. We all know Empire Strikes Back is the superior one.
My Movie Reviews Watching: Kino's Journey (2017), Tonari no Seki-kun, Zankyou no Terror
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT