I watched this movie once, for all the wrong reasons. Not that I didn’t think this movie would be worth the time and money, I just honestly did not think my heart could take it.
I almost died. Multiple heart attacks. Not enough snacks. And why on earth did I watch this alone at night?
I made it out alive though… so. Let’s get to the recap.
Here is my short recap, because this movie got a lot of things going on and I honestly got no strength to relive my experience in excessive words
In Derry, Maine, two brothers were talking about playing with paper boat in the rain; however, the older one, Billy, was sick, so the little one Georgie had to go alone.
Before going, they had to make the boat, and Georgie had to go get some wax from the basement. He was scared of the dark basement, of course, who wouldn’t be?
But then he got the wax and let Billy make the boat for him. Later on we got to see Georgie playing happily in the rain, before a sweet talking clown named Pennywise greeted him after taking his boat down the sewer.
He tried to lure Georgie into the sewer, and when Georgie was about to grab his little boat, the clown bit and tore his arm off, before dragging him down into the darkness.
Hahaha… at this point I was ready to walk away and call it a night. But of course, I didn’t.
Months later, we got to meet a home-schooled kid, Mike, who was scolded by his grandpa for not being able to shoot a sheep. He was then reminded that in the world he could be the one pulling the trigger or the one on the other end.
Remember this scene, because which one would you do if you had to face your fear? Would you run, or would you fight?
Somewhere else in town, at the town’s high school, Billy and his friends: Eddie, Stanley, and Richie, aka my Stranger Thing’s Mike, were happy to get out of the last day of school. They had been struggling with the bullies so much, that they called themselves the Losers. So it was good to leave school for a while. Although it wasn’t without meeting the school bully, Henry, for the last time.
Billy was driven by Georgie’s death to figure out what happened to his brother and if possible, save him. There was this fear of confronting the fact that Georgie was gone, and this became It’s emotional core. So people, feel for Billy, will ya?
Introduced to us as well, were Beverly and Ben. Beverly was bullied by girls in her class for being a slut, and Ben was the shy, fat, new kid that nobody cared about. They ran into each other and Beverly sweetly wrote in his empty yearbook.
Then horror started visiting the kids individually.
Not for Eddie and Beverly, who already had their personal terrors at home: their parents. And sadly for Richie, his fear was of clowns. HAH.
Me too, Richie, me too.
Mike was outside his family meat place when he was haunted by hands crawling out of closed door that opened to a silhouette figure of a butcher. However, the moment Henry the bully and his crew drove by, the vision ended.
Stanley, a good Jewish kid who was pressured by his Rabbi dad, was haunted by a scary painting that he always avoided. The painting of a crooked woman fell and as Stanley picked it up and hung it back on the wall, he noticed that the painting was empty, and that the crooked woman had come out of it, chasing him. He then ran out of the room and closed the door.
Ben, the new, nerdy, fat kid, was reading through history of Derry, digging through the missing and dead children cases in the library when a red balloon floated by, unnoticed by the adults. He followed it to the basement, where a headless man approached him. Terrified, Ben ran for his life and saw for a glimpse second that the headless man had been a clown. However, he ran into a librarian, and the clown disappeared.
He was however, confronted by Henry who started carving his name onto Ben’s stomach. Ben escaped and ran away from Henry and the gang. Seriously, Ben burned a lot more calories than anyone else in this movie. The fact that he was fat made no sense to me.
Ben ran into Billy and his friends, who helped him out and got him patched up after Beverly assisted them in stealing at a drug store. The boys and Beverly then formed a group, and together they started piecing together the cases of death and missing kids in Derry.
As the Losers started figuring out that there was something terrible happening in Derry, they started encountering more and more terrors coming their way.
But what was this thing, that kidnapped children every 27 years?
Would we want to know? I honestly didn’t.
Fear is such a powerful thing.
Fear is the big thing in this movie. Obviously with the kids screaming like a group of banshees and shots of Pennywise the clown running towards the screen, it wasn’t just something that the characters felt. WE FELT IT. Or I did. Damn this movie.
This whole terror revolved around the children and their feelings towards either absent, or cold abusive parents.
None of their parents was a character we could like, if they weren’t distant, they were somewhat abusive. It was sad, and yet effective for the plot.
The children were on their own, due to not trusting nor feeling safe around their parents. In fact, for some of them, their parents were their fears. That is something that a lot of us could relate to, by the way. For Beverly and Eddie, they were haunted by their parents. Eddie’s mother pretty much locked him up in fears that she had instilled into his head. Beverly was hinted to have been abused by her father. These two had a strange, borderline love-fear relationship with their parents, and their definition of fear was too familiar for their own good.
Fear is often of something we’re familiar with. Oh, and in the book, Stanley talked about how It was so terrifying due to the fact that it defied all logic and reasoning.
So let me talk about Pennywise the clown, aka it. He fed off children’s fears and literally their flesh later on. And how did he do it? He shapeshifted into everyone’s greatest fear, when they were alone.
The children gained courage when they weren’t alone, so Pennywise was less scary to them. But I kept asking myself, why the children? What’s with kids that It enjoyed so much?
As children grow and become adults, they start reasoning more. Fear is no longer the illogical werewolves or vampires, but the real world. Not being able to pay bills, being dumped, dying of STDs, etc would be what adults feared, and these are all “logical.” Whereas, being terrified of a painting or a clown, something so simple and pure, could only be deeply rooted inside a child’s mind.
Imagine It running around as a debt collector, or your crazy ex. How truly terrified would you be? Would it be the same kind of fear that you felt when you were young and pure?
Which end would you be? The one pulling the trigger or the one facing the gun?
In this movie, we got to know Henry the bully, the one annoying character who showed psychopathic tendencies at such young age. And we never really got to see him scared of anything, until we saw his relationship with his father.
Now that was fear.
It showed us that fear could drive us into one of these two ends. And since we were witnessing the Losers running and screaming like a banshee, we got to witness Henry being the one pulling the trigger on his own fear.
And what’s with puberty? Why was It defeated by teenagers?
Obviously, with the whole blood in the bathroom thing for Beverly, the fact that she just started having period somewhat terrified her. We fear the unknown, don’t we?
Then the final battle with It also hit me hard. It was transforming into their worst fears, right there and then, in front of everyone, before they attacked him and forced him to retreat.
I mean, what would come after that summer in Derry? A slow and painful progression into adulthood, right?
It was as if the kids had to defeat It before growing into adults. I mean, yes, somehow my puberty years felt like It too. It was full of the unknown, it made me do weird things that were completely illogical. It got me scared of a lot of things, that I realized later on were unimportant.
But would that be It?
Apart from all this, It had a lot to do with power as well. Who was in control? You or fear?
I don’t know, honestly. My mind went all foggy after the movie. It is a stunning movie, I must say. I loved the kids, especially Richie. He was the one who was fearless for some time, before fell into the haunted house scare by It. The characters were done justice by the actors, who are so young and yet so brilliant.
Billy Skarsgard, whose brother was my biggest celebrity crush for some time, was terrifying as Pennywise. I don’t know whether I would squeal to hug him or run away in fear if I ever got to meet him in person. But I probably would still try to take a selfie or two. Be it while running or clinging onto him.
Strangely though, after I saw this movie, I thought it was interesting enough to recommend to my friends. Sure, it wouldn’t be the chill and snack kind of Netflix treats that I would throw their way. But wouldn’t it be nice to sit and analyze this movie while trying to master your own fear?
Just a thought. This movie is still something I recommend.
It is an 8/10. Don’t ask me why. I might be a lot more regretful than I sound.