Stephen King’s IT floats into theaters

After going to a pre-screening of Stephen King’s IT, here are my thoughts on the theatrical release.

What stood out to me almost right away is that this film is a completely different take than it’s 1990s made-for-tv counterpart. Growing up during this decade the tv mini-series was a favorite of mine, and I went into this with high hopes.  The new adaptation follows the opening chapters of the book more closely than the 1990’s mini-series did (I have not finished reading the novel so I cannot yet speak on the full work). The use of modern special effects added to the story and weren’t distracting like most modern day horror films; instead, they kept you in the moment.
I did however feel that the film had a bit of a slow start, but once the storyline began to pick up I became more interested. There was also a good combination of creepy moments as well as comedic ones that had me both anxiously awaiting what would come next, but also had the theater laughing; one didn’t overshadow the other.
Now to Pennywise. Personally, I favor Tim Curry’s portrayal of this character from the 1990s mini-series over that of Bill Skarsgård in this role. Both actors played Pennywise well, I just feel that there was something extra in Tim Curry’s memorable performance.

Leaving the theater, I was satisfied with IT. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie if you are looking for a well acted, well directed adaptation of this novel.

Movie vs. Novel: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Most times a movie doesn’t do its novel counterpart justice, but Brooklyn written by Colm Toibin is an exception. The film stays true to the main storyline found in the novel without changing much along the way.  Based in the 1950s it tells the story of a young Irish immigrant trying to make a life for herself in Brooklyn, New York.

The biggest differences between the two is that the novel introduces characters that aren’t present in the film, but this happens a lot with screen adaptations. Also, you get more of a backstory for the main characters and more details regarding what I think is a critical part of the storyline (I promise, no spoilers); the movie just brushed over this section of the book without much of an explanation.

If you’re like me, you saw the movie before reading the novel, but I highly recommend picking this book up. It’s an easy read and kept me interested (even with knowing what was going to happen). If you don’t have the extra time to spend reading this one, at least try the movie; the story is well written and in my opinion the actors portray the characters the way the book suggests.

If any of you have either read this book or watched the movie, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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