Writing a review for Stephen King’s IT and the movie adaptations feels a lot like trying to write a review for Game of Thrones. Truth be told, it feels a little futile. By now, most people have seen or heard of Stephen King’s IT including the movie adaptations. Like, what am I supposed to add that is original in any way for something this popular?
“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”
I really enjoyed the book and the most recent movie adaptations. And, I’m not only considering the ones with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy and Bill Skarsgard. I want to remind readers of the earlier TV adaptation with Tim Curry. The Tim Curry version was a lot more cringe-worthy. He definitely gave the scary clown genre life in the 90s. But, the most recent movie remakes, Part I and Part II, are frightfully scary and believable. If you love cuddling with someone and being a little spooked as a form of entertainment while you eat a buttery, salty bowl of popcorn, this is for you.
“No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want; need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”
If you read a few key Stephen King books, like the Dark Tower Series and IT and Dreamcatcher, you realize that he actually connects some of the beings of horror, some of the monsters, to create his own meta-universe of sorts. So, IT is a fascinating read in that sense. He plays with the notion that there are worlds beyond this one with dark, negative beings and once in a while a portal, a doorway, the veil between worlds thins enough to have them seep through into our world. Planets beyond our own are home to humanoid and monstrous beings that wage battles, and the safety of Earth often falls on the hands of select few individuals like the kids of Derry where Pennywise the Clown breeds a reign of terror. Everything depends on the strength of their friendship(s) and love for each other.
King, Stephen. IT. New York: A Signet Book, 1981.
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