IT Review

IT: You’ll Float on the Nostalgia Too

From the title of this post, you may be thinking that Metroplague was not a fan of the recent adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tome (novels are shorter), IT. If you think we didn’t love this film, you are dead wrong.

From Bill Skarsgard stepping up his game as an actor to the excellent cast of young actors filling out iconic characters, IT could be the 2017 horror film that de-thrones Get Out for mass popularity. I’m not going to get into a heavy synopsis of the movie, just know that if you’ve seen the old ABC miniseries or read the novel, you get the gist.

Nostalgia Horror is the New Rage

The original story of IT takes place in the 1950s, which gave it a nostalgia factor for the 80’s adults who could have been young kids at that time. The 2017 film takes place in the late 80’s which is perfect for triggering the nostalgia of a modern audience that is eager to look back fondly on movies like Stand By Me, The Goonies, and Nightmare On Elm Street.

With many movies and television series, it is clear that modern directors are aiming to hit that sweet spot between being terrorized by what’s on the screen and picking out which character was “so you” when you were a kid. I like to call this Nostalgia Horror. Stranger Things did it, and I’m sure the upcoming Monster Squad reboot will do the same.

IT hits all of the marks to trigger nostalgia with its 80’s references and simply by having a group of kids that were very diverse and really could have been any of us at one time.

IT Goes for Creep Factor and Scores!

Niebolt Street
The house on Niebolt Street where something sinister dwells…

A lot of complaints that I have heard about the movie are that it wasn’t scary enough. If you look back at the original, neither was that rendition. Tim Curry was chilling as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but he had an air of comedy to his performance that made it unique and powerful when the creepiness did finally set in.

Yes, this movie has moments that could potentially ruin a child, but may not scare the seasoned adult viewer. Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise was creepy in the sense that when he spoke there was a very child molester vibe in the scene. When he did get to where he needed to scare an audience, the direction went to the creepy imagery that the movie delivers, rather than something that could be viewed as traditionally scary.

This approach is what made the movie so special. With the creepy imagery, you were sucked down the rabbit hole that these kids were walking into. I feel that if the movie had just been scary for scary’s sake, a lot of the heart that was present in the final cut would just seem hollow.

There was that One Thing….

The movie did take some liberties to the story that we were glad were not present in the story. Can anyone say “orgy?”

No movie can be perfect, and this was no exception. There are two characters present in the movie that had their roles switched from the original story and I think this hurts the film. This is a very minor spoiler.

In the original story, Ben was a book nerd with a dead Dad, and Mike was an outcast black kid who was obsessed with chronicling the history of their town Derry.

The original story has Mike being one of the smartest and most prolific characters because he holds the knowledge that pushes the group forward.

In this movie, the roles were reversed. Ben was the history buff, and Mike was really just left to be a kid in the background. I was pretty disappointed with this choice because I feel like Ben’s original story arc had enough room to grow without stealing Mike’s thunder.

Metroplague Wants to Know Your Thoughts!

This is just one man’s opinion on the movie IT, which at this point in time is certified fresh and has already surpassed Deadpool’s  record breaking opening Thursday night numbers. We want to know what you thought about the movie. Was it everything you wanted it to be? Would you have added anything? Let Metroplague know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “IT: You’ll Float on the Nostalgia Too

  1. Great piece! I think the movie perfectly toed the line between “scary” and “campy.” I only have one complaint, and this isn’t about IT so much as it’s about modern blockbusters in general: comic relief in serious moments.

    There were a handful of times where super tense and scary moments were broken up by a wisecrack from one of the characters. This happened a lot in movies like Jurrasic World and, more recently, War for the Planet of the Apes, and for me it just ruins immersion. In IT specifically, I’m more than okay with it being funny and scary, but sometimes the two need to be separate.

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    1. I totally see where you’re coming from, but I expected that from this movie. I had just finished the novel a little while back and it was FULL of those types of scenes. Usually, I’m on your side with keeping the humor down. Here, I wanted it that way.

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