IT movie review by The Commander




by The Commander

1 (out of 4 stars)

I normally don’t review movies that I feel are not worth watching Unless of course you’ve been imprisoned for capital crimes and this becomes your punishment.  While I’m not a big fan of Stephen King, and even less of a fan of movies that should have an “I”-rating (“I” stands for Immature audiences).

Over the past 10 years, I have steadily watched the US box office continue to diminish in income even while prices have increased. Solid films have been replaced with immature, cartoon, superhero style, blockbuster releases. I believe that if the film Casablanca was released today it would be a major box office flop since the only people who go to see movies are teenagers and maybe some millennials whose IQ has dropped along with ticket sales.

IT is just another run of the mill “scary” film made from Stephen King’s “scary” novels. The problem I had with the film is that I didn’t consider it frightening. In fact, I couldn’t stop laughing through the entire film.  I don’t want to say it was ridiculous because that would’ve been a compliment. The only frightening moment happened in the first five minutes when some scary eyes like that of the Cheshire cat appear beneath the sewer.  After that scene, it went totally downhill. There is no reason to run to the box office to see this film as there is no redeeming reason to see it on the big screen. You can watch this on your TV or mobile device and you’ll get the same effect.

However, since this appeals to the “I” (Immature) audience, I believe it will do sensational numbers at the box office only proving my point. It is a pity that this is the direction that Hollywood has taken. And providing that it becomes financially successful you know there will be multiple sequels coming out as fast as they can make them.

Now I don’t want you to think that I’m against these types of movies. When I viewed the original Saw years ago, I thought that movie was groundbreaking, intelligent, scary and would be a big hit because it was an intelligently made film.  It spawned numerous sequels that were also as good.

Who says you can’t make a good intelligent scary movie? Just look at films like The Exorcist, Jaws, House on Haunted Hill, etc.  These films were classic scary films and still scare audiences today more than 30 years after the fact. This is what I hope Hollywood would strive for in the future of this film genre.

What was missing in this film is S&H and I don’t mean Green Stamps.


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