“It” (2017): My Humble Review of the Horror Remake

Warning: contains spoilers***

I was never really fond of horror movies. They tend to scare me. In fact, many people thought the movie “It” based off Stephen King’s novel, would frighten me too much.

However, once I saw the movie, it didn’t turn out as scary as people had said it would be. The story starts off with two brothers, where the younger one runs down the street in the rain and chases a boat. He encounters a clown, known as Penny-Wise, who acts nicely to the child, but then kills him.

Some time has passed, and Penny-Wise is out there. Seven children see hints of him in their daily routines. The horror begins.

While I appreciated that the movie did not turn out to be as frightening as described (with a couple of exceptions where I covered my eyes), it is still not a movie I would go crazy for. Some scenes were exciting, but one of my biggest issues was the character development of the adults, especially the parents. I felt they weren’t very believable. I get that the kids have to make their own decisions, but that still doesn’t mean the adults should not be believable. They shouldn’t be too involved.

For example, in the scene where Beverly is reading a love letter, and blood erupts from the sink, her unloving father gets mad. He also comments on her looking like a boy due to her haircut. Then he leaves her. First of all, that line where he remarks Beverly’s hair does not sound like something any parent would say to his or her child. Maybe a mean sibling would say that, but not a father. Also, leaving her in the bathroom where she’s terrified? Even a strict parent with lots of rules would worry about the child, and the parent would be frightened, too.

When Beverly kills her father, the story ends where she gets to go live with her aunt. But shouldn’t she go to jail, instead? I know this is fiction, but God-forbid the wrong person sees this and kills another. He or she would, no doubt, get locked up for many decades or receive the death penalty,

So this movie I would give 3.5 stars. The whole movie was engaging, but it is still not really my cup of tea. I might see part 2, though, depending on circumstances.

Alice in Wonderland Theory: Does Alice Have Autism?

Warning: contains spoilers***

I have watched Alice in Wonderland (the 1951 cartoon) several months ago. While I have enjoyed it, I noticed that Alice had traits that were similar to certain people who have Autism (not everyone).

Yes, the whole Wonderland trip turned out to be a dream the whole time. But some of Alice’s actions and lines during the story, I felt, seemed different than some kids her age.

Of course, no one will ever know the answer to, whether or not, Alice has Autism (and either hasn’t been diagnosed with it or is forced to keep it secret from everyone). Even the Disney company itself might not know. But here are some traits I’ve noticed on Alice that made me come up with this conspiracy theory.

1: Being very sensitive and naive

Of course, anyone can be like this. And that can be a good thing, too. But it seemed that for Alice, it was stronger. However, that is just a minor part, and Alice still remains pretty brave.

2: Having an impulse to follow the white rabbit, just because she was curious to know where he was going

Not many children Alice’s age would do that. But often times, being curious can lead to learning more and growing smarter.

3: Repeating phrases, like, “I beg your pardon”

This could have been just from the script writer. After all, no one’s perfect. So it is possible that the screenwriter for “Alice in Wonderland” didn’t realize that he/she made Alice say, “I beg your pardon” a lot. But I do see this trait with some people on the spectrum. Still, they remain very intelligent people, regardless.

4: Having to be reminded or taught social rules

Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum had to remind Alice proper greetings. The jack rabbit and the mad-hatter had to teach her that it was rude to join others without being invited. But once again, everyone makes mistakes. Alice is not stupid. She just needed to learn.

 

In spite of these traits, Alice is still a likable character. Whether she has Autism or not, she is smart and well-behaved.

Everyone is great the way they are. It’s important to be proud the way you are. Don’t worry about weaknesses. Focus on your strengths.