Hello and welcome to Sarcastard Reviews. Today we are going to talk a bit about the teaser trailer that was just released for Stephen King's IT. If you haven't had time to see the trailer yet there is a link to it in the description below. I am a big Stephen King fan, I've read as many books of his as I can and have watched all the adaptations of his work. I will eventually watch this theatrical adaptation of IT, however based on this trailer I am not excited about it.
For starters it looks like instead of following the format of the mini-series where we switch back and forth between the main characters as kids and as adults they seem to just be focusing on the kids. I looked at the cast list and there are no adult versions of the characters listed. There's also no indication of the adult versions in the trailer. This leads me to believe that the plan is to tell the story of the kids as a first part, then the story of the adults as a sequel. And this has me annoyed more than anything. For one we already know how this movies is going to go and I will talk spoilers here if anyone needs a warning although the book and the mini-series have been out for awhile. So the part with the kids ends up with not really a lot happening. They get away from pennywise the clown and the bully but that's it. The kids don't defeat anyone and most people know pennywise is going to come back so there's not much in that ending for the audience to go away with begging for a sequel.
It seems like they are banking on people liking the characters enough to watch a sequel but that could be a mistake when the cast is made up of child actors. No offense to the kids in the movie but child actors don't have the experience or training to carry a movie like this. You can see it in the trailer when the kids are trying to be intense and amp up the suspense and it just doesn't seem to be working. There's one scene which is actually a pretty creepy looking scence where the kids are looking at a slide show of family pictures and pennywise takes over the projector, making it go faster and faster so it's practically a movie. And out of the family pictures an image of Pennywise slowly comes into frame. And it is a good scene but the problem is the reactions of the kids is just not very believable. Richie has asthma and his reaction of shaking his head in fear and taking a puff of his inhaler looks like something from a kids play, not a major motion picture. The girl playing Gretta had a great reaction but it was fleeting and the actress playing her does have a lot of acting experience so maybe she will pull of a good performance.
I was a fan of the first mini-series. It doesn't hold up very well but Tim Curry's performance is amazing and it was nice to see some familiar actors like Harry Anderson and John Ritter do horror, even if it was TV horror. And it looks like the studio is putting a lot of faith in the Pennywise character. Played by Bill Skarsgard who does have some acting experience in things like Hemlock Grove and Allegient. Of course he didn't talk in the trailer and the best part of Tim Curry's performance was his delivery of lines like "We all float down here". Tim Curry was spot on and maybe they don't show the new pennywise talking because they know comparisons will be made and it won't hold up to the Tim Curry performance.
But as I said I'm a sucker for Stephen King and I do hope it's good and it's just a teaser trailer, but this definatley did not get me excited just mostly curious. I know Stephen King has been talking about how good it is and I want to believe him but he also didn't like the Shining and thought Maximum Overdrive was going to be a masterpiece. And as much as I love Emelio Estevex, that movie ain't no masterpiece. My prediction for this movie is going to be that it makes slightly less money than the Mist when it came out.
Well that's all for now. Thanks and have a good day.