Anybody remember a time when clowns were considered funny? Things seemed to go well until Stephen King came along and scared so many readers with his novel, IT. Then the TV mini series came along and yet more people were scared. I watched the mini series and I wasn't scared at all. Instead I was laughing at the clown and nearly falling asleep at the flashbacks. Then, earlier this year, I found the trailer for the film and it peaked my interest. Funny thing is, I bought tickets to take me and my mother but my sister elected to go despite being terrified of clowns (Seeing the mini series at age 6 didn't help much). I thought she was out of her mind, but then I thought she'd go to face her fear; a good theme the book portrays.
After leaving the theater, I am STILL not afraid of clowns. In fact, the film was so much better than the mini series. It had horror when it needed it and had humor to balance it out. Two of my favorite scenes included Georgie and Pennywise meeting (Handled SO MUCH better here than in the 90's) and the projector scene, which nearly made me jump out of my skin (makes the picture scene in the original so stupid in comparison). Another element that was handled well was Pennywise himself. Now I do find Tim Curry's portrayal entertaining and the best part of the original, but he wasn't scary. With this remake, Bill Skargsgard blows him out of the water. You see the clown change shape, he's scary and unnerving, not to mention unnatural. If there was a way to make people afraid of clowns, THIS is the reason why. The Losers Club was also handled well as each faced their own dilemmas but sadly, Bill and Beverly do tend to hog the spotlight a little bit.
Now while it was a good remake, it did have its share of problems. Some of the CGI looked a little too fake, the horror element was there but felt a bit predictable (What I mean is, if you've seen enough horror films, you begin to see a pattern), and I feel like there were too many F-bombs. Now I have no problem with swearing in film as I know people who say those things when they do get scared but I feel that in order to get the R rating, the producers add too many F-bombs; It's a pet peeve of mine.
ANYWAY, this is another example of a decent remake. It does stick to the original but has enough new elements to keep you interested. If you want to test to see if you are not scared of clowns, this is it (No pun intended). If you didn't like Dark Tower, this may change your mind. If you give it a watch, YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!