Janelle Cammenga-Staff Writer
I regret not getting popcorn before this movie.
I smelled it the minute I walked in the lobby, but I was running late and didn’t want to miss the beginning of my first-ever horror movie.
It started as you might suspect: by creating a small and beautiful slice of life, w
ith subtle hints that everythin
g was going to go downhill fast. And then “It” hit the fan.
Since I don’t want to give anything away, here’s a quick Janelle summary: Pennywise the clown has a strange kind of kleptomania and horrible eating habits. Henry and his gang really need to chill. The outcast kids are surprisingly smart, considering the dumb decisions they keep making. Oh, and som
e people die.
True to horror movie fashion, “It” falls victim to the “people make dumb decisions which put them in unnecessary danger” trope, but the main characters are children, so I suppose it’s more understandable than it otherwise would be.
All in all, Pennywise was creepy, the cinematography was great, and there were a lot of pieces to put together that made it aesthetically and mind-provokingly pleasing. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), one of Bill’s friends, once again nails the role of “kid faced with the supernatural”—but this time as a supporting character with a potty mouth. There were a lot of interesting family dynamics to sort out, and some pretty disturbing stuff in the mix.
I wasn’t scared. I even started checking my watch as we neared the two-hour mark. Which was a bad sign, since that’s when all of the action began escalating.
To be fair, I don’t scare easily, and I went into the theater expecting to lie awake in bed for hours, listening for demons in the corners. That, and I was just really hungry for popcorn. So perhaps my lack of fear wasn’t the fault of “It” exactly.
But, there were other things that “It” was lacking. In the case of Mike, we learn almost nothing about him and don’t see him develop into a real character. Additionally, I won’t spoil the ending, but there were a couple inconsistencies that were not explained.
However, if you do decide to watch this one, I would highly suggest watching “It” in the theater. The kind of camaraderie that exists during a horror movie is fantastic. We laughed together, flinched together, made comments to our neighbors and butted into other people’s conversations. Such was an atmosphere that I haven’t experienced in any other movie.
I’d rank it as a solid 7/10. While creepy, relatively intriguing, and (at points) disturbing, It will only petrify those already afraid of clowns. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but I’d say it’s worth a watch. And if you’re looking for a way to get into the horror genre, “It” may be a good way to start. Either way, you should bring me back some popcorn.