“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.

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