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IT (Novel) vs. IT (1990) vs. IT (2017)

I’M BACK! So sorry it’s been like a month since I’ve posted. I honestly don’t have a good reason, but I have just started school back so maybe that’s the issue. Anyway, y’all don’t care about that.

We all know that I LOVE IT and it’s one of my all time favorite books. I also recently reread the book for the release of the new movie and own the miniseries and watch it periodically. So I thought, maybe I should just go ahead and compare them so I can gush just a little bit more about one of my favorite things.

So lets just get into it!

(By the way, if I’m referencing the book/movie I will spell it like IT. This is confusing, sorry.)

((Also this may have MINOR spoilers, but nothing that ruins specific plot points))

Story –

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  • The Book –

    • Ok, so obviously this is the best version of the story. It’s Stephen King’s magnum opus and his essay on monsters. Some people complain because they say it’s too similar to Stand By Me, but even Stephen King said that Stand By Me was a practice piece before he took on the huge project that was IT.
  • The Miniseries (1990) –

    • So, story-wise this is the most faithful adaptation, but also the story was pretty jumbled and ridiculous. It is more faithful because it follows the actual format of the book (jumping between adults’ and kids’ stories) and also incorporates the different forms of IT, that actually appeared in the book.
  • The Movie (2017) –

    • So this adaptation definitely strayed from the source material more than the first. We didn’t see most of the original forms IT took (the werewolf especially) and some were only showed in easter eggs (like the mummy). That being said, I don’t think these omissions really took away from the movie. The other big difference was the time period that the movie took place in. The mini-series and book took place in 1957, but this one took place in 1984. My one nitpick, in this section, was that they took the liberty to change the time period, but didn’t make it so that in the second chapter the 27 years later doesn’t add up to the year that the movie will the match up. That’s just annoying to me.

The Losers Club –

  • The Book –

    • Again, the book is obviously the best representation of these characters. That being said, I think that each adaptation shines a light on different characters more. In the book, I think Ben and Stan really get the short end of the stick. King loved to focus on Bill and Bev, in the book. Mike also plays a big role as he is basically our narrator, but as a character I don’t think he is portrayed as the “hero” like Bill and Bev. I think Bill is written to be everyone’s favorite character, all in all.

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  • The Miniseries –

    • Like the book, I think Bev and Bill get the spotlight. Mike and I feel like Eddie get’s a better deal. Although the stories are similar, I just think that Eddie and Mike get more screen time than we saw, in the book.

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  • The Movie –

    • I feel like this adaptation balances the characters the best. I do think that Richie and Eddie steal the show, since they are so funny, but every character has an equal amount of screen time and I’ve heard a valid opinion for why every character is someone’s favorite. I think that this definitely has the best characters out of the movies.

IT/Pennywise –

  • The Book –

    • Unlike both adaptations, Pennywise isn’t the “star” of the show. It’s IT in all of its glory. Where both movies focus mostly on the dancing clown, the book shows its full power with all kinds of shapeshifting. I’d say that IT shows up as Penneywise only 25 % of the time, in the book. That being said, the fact that IT can be literally anywhere is terrifying. This is definitely the most unique and scary version of the monster.

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  • The Miniseries –

    • Pennywise is much more present, in this version. While IT shows off the shapeshifting some, Tim Curry is definitely the most prevalent form of choice. Tim Curry is so iconic, and if it weren’t for his performance, I don’t think this adaptation would be as famous. This is by far the best version of Pennywise.

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  • The Movie –

    • In this version, Pennywise is 90% of what we see of IT. While Bill Skarsgård does a great job with his performance it definitely doesn’t hold a candle to Curry’s. This version is definitely the most disturbing, there is much more gore and visual scares than in the book or the miniseries.

Tone –

  • The Book –

    • The book has a much more serious and ominous tone than both adaptations, in my opinion. While there are a lot of funny moments, the overall feeling is one of friendship and dread.
  • The Miniseries –

    • This probably debatable, but I feel like this is the most lighthearted version. While there are scary moments Tim Curry was absolutely hilarious and the campiness of the film brings the more horrifying scenes towards a funnier angle.
  • The Movie –

    • The tone of this movie was absolutely perfect. While it leans more towards the funny side, in some parts, it encompasses the fear and the friendship perfectly. The jokes were always well timed and the scares were perfect.

All in all, I loved every version of this story and I can’t wait to see IT Chapter 2!

Which is your favorite version of IT? I’d love to know!

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IT Teaser Trailer Reaction

So, as most of you know, IT – Stephen King is my all time favorite book. I also don’t really mind the original movie, so I really have high hopes for this movie. Needless to say, I was CRAZY excited when this teaser dropped, but I wasn’t as blown away as I hoped I would be.

So why don’t I love it? Let’s go through it step by step.

The trailer opens with the iconic scene of Georgie chasing his boat down the street, when it falls into the sewer. Here is where we see the first problem. When Penneywise arises from the sewers, there is loud, ominous music played behind it. I will get to why this is wrong later.

Next we see some set up shots, of Derry ,Ben in the library, and all of the gang in the sewers. They mention how they have all seen the clown and then we see the large dilapidated house. All of these scenes are fine, and I actually really enjoy the look of all the young actors and actress, in their roles.

The following scene, shows the kids looking at a projector, when it suddenly begins to change itself, revealing Penneywise in the picture. I can only assume this is like the photo album scene in the original movie and book, and honestly I don’t mind that they changed it up. I think it’s just as spooky, if not more.

Some rapidly edited shots show Eddie (I think) running, Henry Bowers (I THINK) coming across the iconic balloon (and Penneywise???), the Losers cornered by Penneywise (perhaps turning into Teen Wolf??), what appears to be Mike seeing people burning alive (which is mentioned in the book as well), Bev seeing the blood shoot from the drain (also from the book and movie), and a closer look at Penneywise.

Then the final scene, is the worst part of the entire trailer. We see Georgie talking to Bill in the sewers, saying “You’ll float too” I do believe this is in the book, but what Penneywise does next is so out of character, in my opinion. We see him charge at Bill.

Now here is where I explain the biggest issue I had with this trailer, it’s not IT. Penneywise is only one of IT’s many forms. IT is actually is a projection of what the kids most fear and Penneywise is a more charming form to lure the children in. So my issue is, why is he so dang scary.

In the first scene, Georgie should have felt comfortable enough with the clown to reach in and grab his boat from him. Would you grab a boat from this? Image result for it trailer 2017 sewers

 

I know I’m nitpicking, but it is my right as a fan. I think the biggest issue is actually the trailers music though. If, when Penneywise arose from the sewers there wasn’t a huge BOOM, would he be as scary? Nah. So hopefully, in the next trailer we see it without the unnecessary noises.

The final scene RUBBED ME THE WRONG WAY. One, it wasn’t scary. Two, it wasn’t necessary. Three, that’s not how Penneywise ACTS. But oh well…I guess we will just have to see that in the context of the movie.

There is a lot of attention to detail though, I saw a video showing the two movies back to back and it gave me some hope on top of little easter eggs like a missing poster for Patrick Hocskstetter, a villain from the book among other things. See side by side trailers HERE!

I am cautiously optimistic about this movie and I hope the movie is better than this trailer.

What did you think of this trailer? I’d love to know!

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I am WORRIED about The Dark Tower movie!!

If you haven’t heard, they are making a movie adaptation of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, starring Idris Elba as Roland, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.

Generally movie adaptations of King’s books are not very good, and if they are good they aren’t faithful (see The Shining). Despite this, I have been really excited about this movie even though they have made some questionable casting choices, but I’ve looked into it some more and it isn’t looking good, y’all.

Here is the synopsis for the movie:

Jake, who is still reeling over the death of his hero dad, a first responder on 9/11 who succumbed to toxic exposure, has a series of terrifying and apocalyptic visions that have made him doubt his own sanity. But when Jake narrowly avoids being abducted by terrifying creatures in human form, he escapes into another world. In this strange new reality, Jake teams with weary and disillusioned hero, Roland Deschain, a knight-like warrior bent solely on avenging himself against his age-old nemesis.  — From Wikipedia

First problem, they MODERNIZED it, but that’s ok I’m flexible.

Second problem, they’ve changed Jake’s entire story, seriously it’s not just that it takes place in modern times, but everything is different.

Third, this is NOT how the first book in the series, at all. I’m not sure what their plan is for this movie but I’m not looking forward to it anymore.

One good thing I have found from my research are the pictures I have been able to find. McConaughey  looks amazing as the Man in Black and Jake is exactly as I’ve pictured. Even Elba as Roland is dressed right and looks the part. So hopefully I’m wrong to worry about the film because I desperately want it to turn out.

 

What are your thoughts on the Dark Tower movie? Have you read the Dark Tower series? I’d love to hear your feedback!


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X-Men : Apocalypse (2016) // Movie REVIEW

Rated : PG-13

Directed by : Bryan Singer

Starring : James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

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With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

I have been looking forward to this movie since the end of Days of Future Past. I honestly think the newer X-Men movies are the best comic book movies coming out right now.

The Good:

  • If you haven’t seen all the previous X-Men, you will miss a lot of the meaty details in this one. I know that may be a bad thing to some, but it made me feel rewarded for being a long time fan.
  • The addition of so many new X-Men! I fangirled so hard when I saw Storm and Cyclops show up!
  • The casts’ execution of these iconic characters is spot on. I especially love McAvoy, as Charles Xavier and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.
  • Speaking of Quicksilver, if you have seen Days of Future Past, you expected them to outdo his “super speed scene”, and they did…TWICE! I loved it so much. Even if the rest of the movie was terrible, it would still be worth seeing just for that.
  • Of course, the movie is beautiful, just like before.

The Bad:

  • I didn’t like Jean Grey in this movie (played by Sophie Turner). I don’t know if it was personal preference, bad writing, or acting that just didn’t hold up with the rest of the cast, but I couldn’t get behind her.
  • The only other thing that really bothered me was the way Apocalypse looked. He was too small. Apocalypse should be like 9 feet tall, but he was maybe 6. He was even shorter than some of the X-Men. It was really distracting.

 

I loved this movie, and I will probably even go see it again.

I rate this 9 out of 10 ends of the world

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) // Movie REVIEW

Rated – R

Directed by Adam Robitel 

Starring – Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, and Michelle Ang

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A documentary team tries to make a movie about an elderly women with dementia

Right after watching Hush (see my review for that here) my roommate talked me into watching THIS! Fun fact about myself – old people kind of creep me out and let me tell you this DID NOT help.

The Good –

  • This movie is a well done “found footage” movie. Which I really appreciate. I love seeing this format of film done well.
  • All of the acting was good, which I honestly never expect when I watch a horror movie. I was especially impressed with Jill Larson.
  • I expected this to be a cliche exorcism movie, and it wasn’t. It was an interesting twist.
  • I audibly screamed at least 2 times during this movie. I sure everyone else in the my residence hall hates me because of it. Like honestly, this move is actually terrifying. I actually woke up at 4:30 this morning because I had a nightmare from it.
  • The imagery is disgusting and call me a freak but I LOVED it.

The Bad –

  • There were instances where this fell into the found footage movie cliches. Especially during the climax and it actually made me really nervous, but after thinking about it for awhile, I am bothered about it.
  • There were a couple characters I couldn’t care less if they lived or died. They seemed pointless to the story.

This movie was SO CREEPY I really liked it, but if you want to sleep, don’t watch this one. This movie is on Netflix, so if you are interested you know where to find it.

I rate this 7.5 out of 10 snakes

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Hush (2016) // Movie REVIEW

Rated R

Directed by Mike Flanagan 

Starring  John Gallagher Jr. and Katie Sigel

Y’all…this movie…THIS MOVIE!

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I saw Chris Stuckmann‘s review for this movie and was so intrigued by the premise. The movie is basically about a deaf and mute, author who’s home is invaded.

The Good :

  • This movie wastes no time getting to the “meat”. While, in some movies, this actually works against the story, it really works for this one.
  • This movie starts running and NEVER slows down. It does not give you one minute to catch your breath and I loved that. I can’t explain to you why I avoid stress at all costs in my everyday life, but when a movie stresses me out I LOVE it.
  • The reasons that she can’t call anyone is actually believable and I admire that in a movie.
  • Both the woman and the intruder are SMART! I love when characters in horror/thrillers aren’t idiots.
  • The acting in this is fantastic. I was so impressed with Katie Siegel, for being able to portray the character’s emotions without being able to say anything.

The Bad :

  • While the two main characters were acted very well, the supporting characters’ was less than great.
  • Some things were kind of unbelievable in this movie, and I am nitpicking, but it is important to me that my movies are believable.

 

In the end, I LOVED this movie and I highly recommend it. It is currently instant on Netflix, so go watch it right now.

I rate this movie 8.5 out of 10 Potential Endings.

 

 

 

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Why Are People Hating on Batman v. Superman?

Fun fact about myself, I love movies almost as much as books. While I don’t get to the theaters very often, I made an exception for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I had waited like 3 YEARS for this movies to come out, so you can imagine how disappointed I was when the critics were trashing almost everything about the show.

For those who don’t know, Batman v. Superman : Dawn of Justice, is the second movie in the new DC extended universe, only after Man of Steel (starring Henry Cavill as Superman). This movie had the daunting task of not only introducing the new Batman (played by Ben Affleck), but setting up the upcoming Justice League movie. That includes Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman ( Jason Momoa).

Now, I don’t know about you, but being tasked with introducing that list of characters seems nearly impossible to me (that’s why I don’t work in show biz), but they still had to balance a coherent story, AND also introduce us to Metropolis’s biggest baddie, Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg). Honestly, even though this movie was filled to the top, it never felt crowded, and I REALLY enjoyed myself watching it.

So back to the subject of this post. What’s with the hate? Currently BvS stands at a whopping 30% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and for what? From what I’ve read, critics loved Ben Affleck and the action sequences, and rightfully so. That seems to be it for them though.

They hated Lex Luthor’s character, but he was one of my favorite parts. They say that it was sloppy writing, but when the time came for the climax, I thought everything came together really nicely.  The reveal of the characters for Justice League seemed to go over really smoothly, to me, but the reviewers say that it was lazy and stupid.

I follow movie news and reviews pretty religiously, but our opinions have NEVER been this different. So I must ask, if you have seen the movie what did you think? Am I seeing the movie with rose colored glasses or are the critics just nit picking the heck out of it?