Yesterday evening, after months of patiently *cough* waiting for IT to premiere, I finally went to see this film in theatre. I went together with my boyfriend to the theatre in Zwolle and it was quite the experience, once again. It was nothing, but also everything I had imagined it to be. I’ll try to write down my thoughts, so that they’ll make sense to you, but be warned. IT WAS AMAZING, and I’m afraid this post will end up a mess anyways.
As my instagram followers could see in my IG story, I was counting down the hours until I finally could go out to see IT. If it wasn’t for Pieter’s car we would’ve arrived at the theatre soaking wet. Luckily, we are able to enjoy today’s technologies, so it only added to the experience, because the movie (of course) opens with it raining heavily in Derry.
At the theatre (Pathé) in Zwolle, they have this wall with M&M’s, sorted by colour. We planned on buying a cup and ended up with the perfect colours for this film!
But let’s go back to the film itself. I was so excited I thought I’d cry when it started. I didn’t, because you were thrown into the story right away, just like in the book! You get to meet both Bill and Georgie who are building a paper boat, and man, did I hope that this movie would just change the whole plot and keep Georgie alive. He was too cute to be taken by Pennywise the Dancing Clown! Talking about Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård did an absolute AMAZING job as the killer clown. I mean, I don’t necessarily suffer from caulrophobia, but this impersonation of Pennywise was just downright scary. I can’t emphasise my love for Skarsgård as Pennywise enough. He was really great! Perfect even!!
Another actor I thought was really great was Finn Wolfhard as Richie. I love him in Stranger Things and he really brought the kid version of Richie to life. He made the film, besides scary, also hilarious at times. The friendship between the members of the Loser’s club was perfectly shown on the big screen. The boys were typical young teenage boys, and I loved Beverly. Where she’s tough in the book, she was maybe even tougher in the film! The only thing that kind of bugged me in the film was the end scene (SPOILER ALERT!!), where Beverly was captured by Pennywise and the boys seemed to be the princes that had to rescue the damsel in distress (this end scene was a huge change imo). At least, I thought it would end this way! Beverly showed that she was worth it to be called tough, because she wasn’t afraid of Pennywise and lived because of that. She really saved herself! (END OF SPOILER!)
There were some other changes made in this adaptation, but where I normally hate this, I loved it in this film. I understand that they had to leave some scenes out and change others, so it would show better on screen. The film really didn’t lose any of its quality because of it!! A lot of details were left in this adaptation, including The Turtle and the different forms of IT. I am SO very curious about chapter two, because this first film was only the beginning!
All in all, a day later, the IT movie is still all I can think about. I really want to see it again and I can’t wait for this film to come out on DVD, so I can watch it whenever I want!