Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/29/08
I haven’t read the book prior to watching this film so I can’t compare consistencies between the two media. However, it doesn’t change the fact that I was extremely disappointed by this picture/mini-series. From friends and reviews online, I’ve been informed that this is a pretty scary flick. I was excited to rent it because I remember watching a scene or two when I was about eleven years old and I thought it was creepy so I immediately changed the channel. But from watching “It” from beginning to end, it was very underwhelming. The thought the first half was pretty good, especially the child actors. Some standouts include Seth Green, Brandon Crane, and the late Jonathan Brandis. I believed that they were being terrified by Pennywise (played by Tim Curry) because it’s natural for children to be scared of many things. Things went downhill quickly during the second half when the story focuses on the adults. It’s not like I didn’t like the late John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Tim Reid and Richard Thomas. In fact, they’re all pretty good with some occassional lame dialogue. It’s just that I didn’t believe any of them had chemistry together. The only scene that I thought was pretty brilliant during the second half was when O’Toole’s character visited her old house and finds out that an old lady lives there. That sequence was pretty scary. The ending was really lame and just thinking about it makes me laugh more than anything. I’ve seen better pictures out there about children’s fears being repersonified when they were adults. This one is imaginative but unimpressive.