Evie Totty: “It ruled.”
I thought it was going to be terrible. Clocking in at 1,138 pages it is King's longest novel except for the unabridged edition of The Stand (1,152). I was very skeptical of them doing this novel justice (it's my third favorite of all time).
I was pleasantly surprised to find out - it's only half the book. Or rather the children's portion of the book.
I saw it and loved it. It feels like a classic film. Like Stand By Me kind of kid's horror classic. Always an undercurrent of terror and when the scares happened. Oh lordy.
Skarsgard did a fantastic job as Pennywise. Tim would be proud.
Looking forward to the sequel.
Samir Mehta: “It was ok.”
It was a solid film with strong acting and characters. But somehow it exists in the shadow of Stranger Things and I was reminded of how thin some of the characters are. I'm also biased by having read and loved the book as a child - it is far superior to the TV version but not quite the adaptation I want.
Scott Hardie: Better than the TV version? I remember the TV version being pretty good, despite the limitations of its budget and special effects. Do I misremember? − December 8, 2017 more by Scott
Evie Totty: Scott: It's been decades since I have seen the TV version but IT is my third favorite book of all time so that ending killed whatever goodness the rest of the mini-series had for me. I should watch it again but I agree with Samir at this point.
As far as it existing in the shadow of ST - sadly there is only so much character development you can do with a film as opposed to a 10 hour mini series (season 1). I do benefit from being a multiple reader of the book so I know the characters a bit more. − December 8, 2017 more by Evie