At first I came out of it thinking yeah it wasn't a bad movie, it's pretty good but not as good as how much people are raving about it.
Now? I still think the same thing but it's grown on me overnight.
Pennywise was brilliant. Jen didn't really like his voice, thinking it was a bit too goofy and like a teenager going through puberty. An inconsistently changing pitch.
I didn't mind it. I also thought he looked quite cute to be honest, I kind of love the way he looked and acted.
The kids were great too, Beverley and Eddie were my favourites, while Stanley and Bill despite being THE main character of the loser's club, were both underutilised. There wasn't much Mike either unfortunately and he's a great character.
Surprisingly I didn't like Richie that much, Finn is a great actor but the jokes seemed way too forced and I don't think he's managed to gain true comedic timing just yet.
The majority of the film though, I loved.
I liked the fact there were genuinely funny moments and creepy moments, I did only jump the once though.
I'll definitely be buying it on blu-ray and I'm tempted to get the awesome soundtrack on cd or vinyl.
My main problems with IT however were the moments when the camera focused on Pennywise shaking and running toward it, it just annoyed me. I thought come on, just show him going ballistic towards the kids from a different angle, not at what is essentially us, the audience.
It also had way too much cgi and not very good cgi, which was quite laughable when it shouldn't have been.
The imagery and sets were absolutely beautiful however in their atnospheric, oh shit we're going to die kind of way.
I also wished the film focused more on personally attacking the kids with more of their fears, it was pretty much one fear per kid, AND we don't even see any horror movie forms of the ancient being really, which is a shame as if the company bought the rights or somehow gained them, they could have had some form of Beetlejuice, Freddy Krueger or many others. A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 is even playing at a cinema in the film. That's about as spoilery as I'll get, don't worry. So they really missed a trick on that one but when part 2 comes around, it's said there'll be flashbacks so I'm hoping they somehow fit in some more personal fears.
They could have done much more with the time the film takes, but they could have also done much less.
It's by far a superior movie to the 1990 version but I still like that version also, mainly thanks to the random fears Pennywise plays on.
In all, I'll have to give this an 8 out of 10.
I enjoyed it but thought it could have been better, but it could have also been worse, and with the amount of hype surrounding it, I'm glad it wasn't worse.