Not as big as 'It' thinks it is!
- It review by CS
Given the hype currently surrounding the new re-make for 2017 and having never seen the original, I thought I'd watch to see what all the hype was about? Stephen King seems to have a thing for exploring the theme of children bonding during the summer holidays, using supernatural, science fiction or horror as a vehicle for telling what in essence are coming of age stories, such as in 'Stand by Me' and 'Dreamcatcher'! Set in what looks like 50's America, this tells the story of seven children who come together as friends. The film then gives us the background on each and every one of them, constantly jumping from their pasts as children, to their futures as adults. In this it become very broken, constantly jumping from past to present and from each character. I was surprised t see that the film was made in 1990, as it had a very dated, early 80's feel to it!
There is some really hammy acting from the adults, although the kids put in a strong performance, but perhaps in all thats simply because they're kids being themselves! Oddly enough they all grow up to become rich and successful in adult life, all except one who becomes a librarian! So again fulfilling that much sought after America dream of success! A very PC cast with the Girl, Black lad, a Jew, a Fat lad, the Disabled guy, the Geek and so on! But the film spends so much time telling us about the characters that there's no time left to tell us the actual story or anything about 'It'! Who is It, what happened, why does he exist, what it is it's purpose remain largely unexplained, except for some very vague reference to a 1700's circus!
The film ultimately spends so much time telling us about each character and flashing back and forth, that when the end finally comes, it's a real let down. I thought, now that you've give us the infill, how about getting on with the story, but it never does, it simply ends! I thought this had a very 'Tales of the Unexpected' feel to it and the special effects were on a par with other 80's movies of the time, such as 'Ghostbusters' or 'Poltergeist'.
In all this is a kids horror story aimed at teenagers, not scary enough for adults, something for teenagers to watch on a Sunday afternoon or in the Summer Holidays! The real saving grace was the only one excellent adult performance from 'Tim Curry' as the Clown, without his creepy and menacing performance, this would have been a real let down!
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