Kersti Rating: 8/10
Worth Seeing In Theaters: There are some pretty awesome visuals that are cool to see in a theater setting, but overall the theater experience didn’t feel entirely necessary to the enjoyment of the movie. I recommend seeing IT while in theaters, but no need to lament if you miss the opportunity.
MVP: Not only is IT a great horror movie, it is just a great movie. It was much less frightening than I was expecting, but as far as horror movies go, I enjoyed it more than any horror movie I have seen in a long time. Definitely worth your time. The cinematography is beautiful, the story and characters are engaging and interesting, and best of all it is much less likely than other horror movies to give you nightmares.
I used to love horror movies when I was younger. But then the Saw movies came about, and I threw in the towel. I have not enjoyed the horror genre nearly as much since. But I really enjoyed IT. I have never seen the original IT (or if I have it is blocked from my mind forever). I had no idea what to expect, but I thought this remake was well worth its salt.
IT was frightening, but not nearly as frightening as I feared. I had no nightmares or irrational moments of fear of the dark afterwards, as I have had with other horror movies. I left the theater feeling good, and positive. No recurring bad thoughts or fears. IT felt more like a horror movie playing off the fears faced by children, rather than a horror movie playing to the fears of adults. The overarching theme is even one that would be very helpful to fearful children. (I DO NOT recommend taking children to see this movie.)
Even though it didn’t scar me for life and make me sleep with a night light, I still think IT was a fantastic horror movie. If the horror genre is the exploration of fear, and what it means to be frightened, then IT is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. IT is not a movie that is trying to give you nightmares. This movie wants you to think about what a nightmare actually IS. It explores concepts of childhood fears, how our upbringing and environment can shape our fear, and even how to overcome those fears.