Book vs. Movie: It (2017)

Hey Guys!
Today I want to talk about the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s famous horror novel It. You may have read my post on the 1990 films which I didn’t like at too much. So let’s see whether this one is better!


The Plot:
1960 in Derry, somewhere in Maine: 6 children you could call losers meet each other under very unlikely circumstances and become the best friends anyone could ever wish for. But the summer of their lives is overshadowed by a tragedy, or better said a monster that has been haunting Derry for a long time. Kids disappear or are found dead. Our 6 friends soon get to the core of things and have to deal with more than any kid ever should…


Book vs. Movie:
Stephen King’s novel is intense. I share a bit of hate/love with his novel as they may not be too well written (I guess some people would consider them trashy…) but are nevertheless thrilling, breath-taking and get under your skin. I’ve read several of King’s books by now and It is definitely one of the most fucked up ones.
The characters are very relatable. I’m sure everyone who ever was bullied or mistreated at some point in life can see him- or herself in at least one of the characters. The way King told the story, alternating between childhood flashbacks and present day events made the novel even more fascinating.
Let’s talk about the new movie. Or better, the first one of two movies. While the novel covers the events in Derry 30 years later as well, in this case we’ll have to wait for part two. First of all, I appreciate the decision to split this thing. It would be virtually impossible to put the entire book into just one film.
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised how well the 2017 movie turned out. The choice of young actors is brilliant and I was impressed by their performance. Of course some aspects mentioned in the book were left out, but in general this is a good representation so far. The end was somewhat different but that might change after the second movie. To be honest, I prefer the way the film concluded the part with the kids in comparison with the book. It’s makes more sense to me and goes great with the vibe of the story.
What I really appreciate about this adaptation is that it’s scary. The 1990 films were hilarious at best. There was nothing frightening and especially the clown was just a bad joke. Of course a lot has changed especially in terms of special effects and it shows. This movie is quite convincing and this time, the clown really gave me the creeps. I can’t wait to see what’ll happen in part 2!

This take on the story is very well done and frightening. It’s a true horror movie that does a lot with what Stephen King provided. Although I would still like to see this as a show with more episode, I’m very impressed by this version and am excited for the second part!


Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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