Friday, 6 September 2019

Review: IT (second-pass)

IT (2017 / second-pass)
Cert: 15 / 135 mins / Dir. Andres Muschietti / Trailer

So a quick second-pass of IT was scheduled in at the local before their first screening of Chapter Two. Lovely stuff. There's not actually too much to add to my original review as most of those points still stand.

That said, knowing the direction in advance this time I found it slightly more satisfying as a coming-of-age movie, better viewed as a macabre Spielbergian fever-dream than an outright horror flick. Director Muschietti does great work with the young cast. His camera never looks down on them, and the first act does a superb job of getting the whole audience on their side without it ever feeling like a kids' film. There is a lot to be said for this.

So with that in mind, I have only three more things to raise...

1) I know he's young, but in a town which has un-grilled storm drains why is Georgie shocked when his sailboat goes down one? The entire road-level architecture is designed to take excess water (ie rain) and channel it to these points. Given that the volume of rainfall and the operational drainage system was combining to create a current upon which the boat was able to move in the first place, Georgie is actually sending the boat toward the sewer, the dumb little shit. Well, lessons learned all round there. The family are probably better off without him clogging up the gene pool, that's all I'm saying.

2) I refuse to believe a pharmacy that small has such a wide selection of sanitary products. Particularly in the kind of backward, child-murdering town where they probably send the menstruating women to a shed on the outskirts or something. Mind you, the chemist running the place is clearly an absolute wrong'un, which might go some way to explaining this. It wouldn't surprise me if he's 'interfered' with the stock.

3) At the end where Bill cuts open the hands of the Losers' Club and they all make their oath, he only slices into the left hand of everyone. That means when they're standing in a circle, each kid is holding onto the un-cut right hand of the one next to them. So their blood isn't actually mixing to form a biological bond among the group, they're just bleeding onto each other's hands for no reason.
That's not inspiring mate, it's just unhygienic.

You're welcome.

So, what sort of thing is it similar to?
Hey, this is a little bit like Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark!!!

Is it worth paying cinema-prices to see?
If you can in 2019, yes.

Is it worth hunting out on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, though?
If you know you'll get the re-watches out of it, sure.
(I won't, that's why I've waited two years and watched it in the cinema again)

Is this the best work of the cast or director?
Let's not get carried away, although everyone involved should be proud to have this on their CV.

Will we disagree about this film in a pub?
'Discuss in an animated fashion' is the phrase, I think.

Is there a Wilhelm Scream in it?
There isn't.

Yeah but what's the Star Wars connection?
Level 2: Bill Skarsgård is in this, and he was in that Deadpool 2 along with Alan 'K2-SO' Tudyk.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

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