Movie Review: IT: Chapter 1 (2017)
I know I said I wouldn’t watch any more new movies until I caught up with the movies reviews for the 900 movies I’ve already seen. Part of me had already accepted that I wasn’t going to see this for a while because I missed several opportunities to see it in theaters. I hadn’t seen a new movie in a long time. The last movie my mom and I saw in theaters was Lowriders and that was in May for Mother’s Day.
For me, personally, horror movies are rarely ever scary. Even though this movie was campy, there were still scenes that I thought were pretty scary. The scene where Pennywise bites Georgie’s arm off was so badly done with special effects it made me cringe. The novel is already inherently scary, why ruin it with awful special effects? Whenever IT would transform into those weird people with the melted face, it was a little bit scary. The effects weren’t very impressive with that either though.
I won’t lie I was half expecting this to kind of suck, but I actually thought it was really good. I loved the cinematography in this film. The shots that they used are exactly the reason why I would love to film movies. I’m rarely ever impressed, so any kind of high praise, especially for a horror film, is few and far between.
I get that it’s a long novel, but 2 hours for a horror film is just not a good selling point. They would have been better off dragging it out into several 90-minute films. I’m the kind of person who has to be in a certain mood to watch a 2-hour movie. Overall, I enjoyed the film and I would even venture to say it’s going to be the best horror film of 2017.
My Score: 8/10
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