I just watched this two part televion mini-series based on Stephen King's novel IT. I finished reading the book earlier this week, and I love it. I think it is one of King's best works, the only ones that I enjoyed better are Misery and Salem's Lot. It is a long movie to watch all at once, 192 minutes to be exact... over 3 hours.
Here's a brief plot for IT: A group of children discover that an evil creature beyond all adult understanding is inhabiting their home town (No, It's not their teacher)... They decide to fight It, and nearly kill It, swearing to return if It ever started again. Now it's 30 years later, and It's happening again. Each member of the "Loser's Club" gets a call to return from the only one who stayed in Derry and remembers... They all come back (except one) and they are now in for the fight of their lives against a creature that only they (and children) can see.
(If you don't want to read my rantings about how the book is better and how they should have included this or that, don't read the next few Paragraphs and skip to the end...)
Ok, Let me say one thing... the book is better. King delivers real suspense throughout the entire 1000 page novel. I loved that each of the characters has a specific monster that It takes the form of to scare them. Not that they didn't do that in the film, but several monster (specifically Mike's giant Bird, Eddie's Diseased Leper, and Stan's zombie children) which I was really hoping to see... I think that they should have at least kept Mike's Bird, so that when he opens his fortune cookie, the bird fetus inde would have made more sense. They showed way too much of Pennywise the Clown. The fact that it could be anything that you fear (really ANYTHING) made it that much scarier in the book. Also, the characters are better developed in the book. I still cared about them in the movie, but King just wrote them SO WELL... I was kind of disappointed that almost none of the characters looked the way I imagined in the book... that always gets me in a movie based on a book, if the characters are not the same (or extremely milar) I will most likely be disappointed.
The acting wasn't the best that I have ever seen, but it good enough, especially for a made for tv movie...
Also, some VERY key elements to the story were left out. Where was the Turtle??? Where were the lver Dollars they melt into slugs to kill It??? Where was Bill's connection to his bike lver??? Where were It's eggs??? Where were all of the scenes from the book that make you KNOW the character, really let you into their head and KNOW who they are??? Where is the Ritual of Chud??? Where is the scene of the full out Deadlights at the edge of eternity??? Where was all of the gore???
I probably am being unfair, I did just finish reading the book after all... It is a very good movie, but there was just so much that I feel that they missed on.
The spider at the end was pretty awesome, but again, I would have loved to see It's de split open and pour out eggs. That was one of the freakiest things about the book for me.... THERE WERE MORE OF THOSE THINGS ABOUT TO BE HATCHED???Ok, now here's what I like about the movie...
As I said before (but maybe you didn't read it, it was in my "book is better" rant), the acting is really good for a made for TV movie. Tim Curry was awesome as IT, and the spider at the end was awesome (old school stop motion still works).
I loved that they had the paper boat in the sewer at the end... it was one of the things that I think should have been in the book. Another scene that should have been in the book was the shower scene when all of the shower heads move and block the exits (its a school gym shower) and Pennywise comes out of the drain.
All in all, I really enjoyed the movie, in spite of what I said. It is one of the best made for TV movies/ mini-series that I have yet seen... And I will be staying pretty far from any town named Derry for awhile...