Thursday, September 14, 2017

"IT"s Disappointing

Do you hate clowns? This flick will add to your misery of clowns although not in a scary, delusional way. Stephen King's "IT" moves from the book and the 1990 TV mini series to the big screen. This flick has already made over $150 million dollars on a budget of $38 million, kudo's to the marketing. Clowns are bad enough, but a demon clown terrorizing a small town in Maine, priceless right? I haven't read the book nor have I seen the mini series starring Richard Thomas of The Waltons Fame, the late John Ritter, Tim Reid, and Annette O'Toole. Following the book the premise is the same in this newest flick directed by Andy Muschietti, is described as "Chapter One" meaning more to come later in 2018. RT and most critics love this flick, I, not one of them. I will tell you why later.

 The plot is set in 1988 where a young boy named Georgie goes missing after losing his makeshift paper boat to a storm drain. Lurking in the drain is a freaky clown named Pennywise who convinces the young lad to give up his right arm in exchange for the boat only to be pulled into the drain by Pennywise, played by Bill SkarsgĂ„rd, a Swedish model by choice.

Pennywise has been creating havoc on Derry Town every 27 years, killing children and such, and shows itself to IT's victims in the appearance of what they fear. Pennywise then goes into hibernation. Georgie's brother Bill, played by Jaeden Wesley Lieberher who has a stuttering problem and his gang of friends, go into the gutter of Derry looking for Georgie and Pennywise. Of course, "The Losers Club", locate Pennywise and their fears and, well, you know the rest is history.


"IT" isn't scary, not even remotely. Excluding the excellent acting by the "Losers Club", I found myself laughing at Pennywise pretty much the entire time his big, fat head hit the screen. All I could think of is, "WOW, this clown looks like the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland!" His movement as he attacks IT's victims is hilarious. Pennywise's scoots around like the groundhog in "Caddyshack". There is nothing about "IT" that resembles anything close to being a horror flick! I give this flick two & half stars for two reasons: The story is emotional between the club and the acting is well done. Wait for "IT" on Red Box.

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