So the It Chapter 2 trailer came out, and my reaction is about what I expected. I love the book. It’s not perfect, but it is dark and scary and gross. The novel encapsulates a plethora of horror tropes, and adds to them in new ways. Truly, Kings was at his coked out best when he wrote it.
Update: My full review of the film.
I am a fan of the original mini-series, though I admit it is far from perfect. The thing I felt the mini-series got right was the kids. The child actors buoy the first half, as do the writing, and of course Tim Curry’s Pennywise. Comparing Tim Curry to Bill Skarsgård doesn’t interest me. They each bring their own ability to the role, and each does a good job, albeit in a different way.
The first installment of the remake offers some good scares, the basement being chief among them. Additionally, that film gives us the House on Neibolt Street, which was awesome. However, beyond that, the movie didn’t do much for me. I know a lot of people like it, and that’s fine,I am not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like (mostly). However, I am here to give you my It Chapter 2 trailer reaction.
As you may have guessed by now, the trailer left me wanting. I am trying to keep an open mind about it because I understand movies and novels are different media. Looking at the book and the film as separate entities is a good way to keep expectations low. Also, it helps take each on their own terms. The book will always be better, but that doesn’t mean the film won’t be enjoyable.
Why I have a lukewarm reaction to It Chapter 2
First, much like the first part, it feels very rote and by the numbers. Of course, the amount of horror tropes employed in the source material probably has something to do with this. Still, there doesn’t seem to be much of a fresh take on the horror, or the novel.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love a straight up adaptation. We won’t be getting that, which is fine. They are separate things. What I want from the films is for them to keep the spirit of the novel. I can’t say part one did that for me. And, it looks like part 2 will be very much in line with that.
Lest you think I am being a negative Nancy, there were some things about the trailer I liked. First, the house of mirrors sequence looks good. Pennywise is torturing Bill and threatening to kill that kid in front of him, which I hope happens. This scene is not in the novel, but torturing the adults is how Pennywise gets his kicks, so it’s fitting.
Also, I like how haggard Richie looks, as that captures how his adult self starts to unravel when he returns to Derry. And of course Skarsgard will be great as the titular monster.
All in all, I am not super stoked about this film. I want to be, and I will do my best to be open to liking it when I see it. This is just a trailer, after all, and we all know judging films by their trailers is silly. However, previews should make people excited for the film, and I am not there. I know many others are, and that’s okay. Disagreements are fine, and they are best when kept civil.