When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
I’ve always said that IT was one movie that could actually benefit from a remake, and it turns out I was right. When the remake was announced, it was met with the usual grunts from movie fans on the internet, but I was excited. Its not that I didn’t like the original, but even the most avid fans should be able to tell that its a little lopsided. While the first half of the film is effective, it sort of takes a nose dive when we get to the adult section. How the reboot will handle that part of the movie remains to be seen, but I can say with confidence that part one was way more effective.
One thing that is obvious from the start, is that Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is much more menacing than Tim Curry’s rendition. It’s not to say that Curry did a bad job, but the two performances couldn’t be anymore different. Whereas Curry’s Pennywise starts out innocent enough and gradually becomes “scary” Skarsgard is terrifying right from the start. And while some CGI is utilized to increase his presence, a lot of practical is used as well. The opening scene, and the amount of violence it shows really sets the tone for the entire movie. Rather than cut away from violence against a child, it is shown in all its glory.
A big part of why the IT remake is so much better than the original miniseries is the budget. Not to take away from the production at all, as IT is a solid experience from start to finish, but having a bigger budget allows for values not possible for a made-for-tv production. The camera work, the musical cues, the effects gags, all top notch in this re-adaptation. It’s rare for a remake to not only match the original film, but surpass it. One of the only instances I can think back to off the top of my head is Alexandre Ajas The Hills Have Eyes. IT has way more staying power than the original, except for nostalgia’s sake. I’ve watched this movie three times in the span of a couple of weeks, and I’ll have no trouble watching it again in the very near future.
“IT” Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD contain the following special features:
· Pennywise Lives! – Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
· The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production,
· Author of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
· Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film