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.
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Sept 17, 2020 0:56:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: Update with Three Callaberos. Only about halfway through it at the moment. Because it's a package film with a series of animated shorts, been taking my time getting through it this past week. Never got around to seeing it last night since I got swamped...
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...in my freelance work. But will try to get through it as I have time to do so.
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with Three Callaberos. See if I can do some sort of review for it tonight or if not, tomorrow at the latest.
Sept 18, 2020 1:21:34 GMT