Watched it last night. Here's a quick review [CONTAINS SPOILERS]
- Bill Skasrgard did a fantastic job as Pennywise! While he wasn't anywhere near as scary as Tim Curry's version, he did a great job and allowed the movie to have a completely different tone to the 1990 mini-series.
- Speaking of tone, this movie was definitely better in terms of being a horror movie. The story went along smoothly, was easy to follow and never had a dull moment. The original has filler in it. The original also has a campy 90s vibe to it, whereas this seems like it'll be pretty timeless.
- There were definitely some jumpy moments (my favourite was the projector scene) and the audience also jumped out of their seats collectively when he appeared in Beverley's bathroom after she kills her father. Nearly all interactions with Pennywise were better than the original - much more detailed and over the top. However, also there were scary moments, it's not a film which will ever me nightmares, whereas Tim Curry as Pennywise is still terrifying to me. 2017 Pennywise is an excellent movie clown, whereas 1990 Pennywise still has that element of seeming real, which makes him much scarier. So although the interactions with Pennywise were better in 2017, they weren't as scary as 1990.
- I like that it resembled the book a lot more. It's been almost 10 years since I read the book, but watching the film made me remember a lot of elements to it. One thing which isn't the same is Eddie's first encounter with It. In the book, It appears as a homeless guy offering Eddie a blowjob (from what I remember, there's some narrative on Eddie being picked on for being a sissy - Curry called him a girly boy in 1990). The fact that none of this made it into the film makes me wonder whether it was because of PC reasons. The same can be said for Henry Bower's not calling Mike the N word (repeatedly calling him F-er instead). Of course, these things are not pleasant to witness, but I hate that political correctness got the better of the story.
- The bullies. I was expecting more from Patrick Hocksetter who is quite prominent in the novel. Also, some of their interactions with the Losers Club were omitted. For example, I'm pretty sure they assaulted Beverley and broke Eddie's arm in the novel. I'm not too bothered by these omissions, but just another thing which was re-written for the film. Henry Bowers looked exactly as I imagined him to, so good casting. However, without going into too much detail, his story arc was cut dramatically short but I wonder if that will be touched upon in the sequel
- The Losers Club - the actors were all much better than the 1990 version. Each of them had a layered personality and seemed like real kids, not just actors. There was some great casting - pretty much all of them actually. Richie was just as annoying as he was in the novel and in 1990, so it's consistent I suppose. At first I thought it was realistic how they used bad language, but it got too much eventually, with almost every other line spoken by them (Richie especially) containing the F word.
- Bevvy doesn't kill her dad in the novel because one of my favourite moments from 1990 comes from when she visits him as an adult. So I guess that scene will be cut in the sequel. But also, like what happened there? She kills her dad and then just moves away to stay with an aunt? Kinda sloppy storytelling there.
Overall, I think it was a highly enjoyable film, with some memorable scares and I can't wait to watch it again.