Just saw the IT movie in theatres today.
Pennywise isn't just scary, pennywise is terror incarnate.
so imma gush about the movie now. (no spoilers )
the movie is based on Stephen king's novel IT and centers on the town of Derry, Maine and tells the story of a group of children slowly discovering that their town is home to a relentless hostile monster.
A few changes from character interaction and setting (late 1980s) aside, everything is nailed down perfectly. when the movie focuses on the coming of age story elements, it captures them perfectly and the beloved loser's club come off as infinitely relatable and fundamentally human.
As for the human antagonist (intentional or otherwise) they come off as creepy, aggressive or indifferent perfectly. Derry feels like a place that not only dosent care about you, it can't wait to see you emotionally, physically or psychologically destroyed. even the begin adults come off as out of touch or damaged by the terrors pennywise has unleashed. Yet the outdoor scenes and township areas are pleasant and inviting and it's a beautiful cocktail of conflicting worlds.
But pennywise? Pennywise feels real and hostile and scary. Every time he/it comes on screen, you know that there we only be terror and death in it's wake. and everything delivers; sound, music, creature design, lighting, setting and implementation are terrifically perfect in combination.
i don't joke around here;my jaw dropped several times and I was transfixed by just how evil and just goddamn scary Pennywise is, not just in his clown forms but every other form it takes.
And credits to Bill Skarsgard for nailing the behavior of someone/thing that understand and mimics human thought, behavior and tactics but comes off as malign and wrong.And with Pennywise being a child eating, shape shifting, reality warping, fear manipulating eldritch abomination and all, you know that it's required to come off as sadistic, odd and threatening.
And yet despite all of the adversity, the movie ends beautifully. and if the directors and producers intend to follow the novel to it's entirety, I hope part 2 is just as good.
So remember boys and girls, stay away from Derry;
or you'll float too.