[Ed.’s Note: This is not going to be a normal review because I want to hold off a bit until we record Episode #47 on Monday… but I need to get some stuff on my chest immediately.]
IT is the best movie of the year, so far.
As a matter of fact, IT is so good that I am thinking about watching it tomorrow morning.
The reason why remaking the 1990 ABC miniseries was a smart idea is because STEPHEN KING’S IT somehow managed to become beloved while also being, quite frankly, pretty bad. Due mostly to Tim Curry’s brilliant portrayal of Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, the first half of the miniseries traumatized an entire generation (basically doing for clowns what JAWS did to sharks). The second half, though, is largely forgettable.
Director Andy Muschietti’s (MAMA) updated version, however, is damn near perfect in every way. The child actors (especially Sophia Lillis and STRANGER THINGS’ Finn Wolfhard) make you care about their characters, the lengthy runtime is barely noticeable, and the movie is filled with so much tension that the opening night crowd was dead silent throughout… but, really, there’s only one thing I need to discuss tonight:
Bill Skarsgard is now Pennywise in the same way that Heath Ledger supplanted Jack Nicholson as The Joker. As much as I love Tim Curry and doubted that his version of the child-murdering clown could ever be topped, Skarsgard is a fucking nightmare — and a dream come true.
There are plenty of legitimate jump scares on display, but there is also a surprising amount of humor and heart throughout IT. By the time the credits rolled, I was literally exhausted from the storytelling rollercoaster ride… and I wanted to run straight to the back of the line.
I can’t stress enough how much I loved my experience tonight, and I suggest that you do yourself a favor and watch IT as soon as possible.
Four and a Half out of Five Beers.