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  • Started 9 months ago by Dr. Caligari
  • Latest reply from CWJ

  1. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    I saw this the other day. Most movies based on Stephen King novels lose a lot of the depth and richness of the books, but this one did a pretty good job (even though it's based on only half of the book). The acting by the adolescent performers is uniformly excellent, and the film does a good job of balancing the supernatural horror they face with the real-world horrors they must also deal with-- schoolyard bullies, abusive parents, racism.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. Marian
    Member

    Here's an interesting take on why it works http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-makers-of-it-try-to-explain-why-their-movie-worked-1809891898

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. CarlGlover
    Member

    Dr. C.: How does it compare with the old TV miniseries?

    Is it sufficiently better to make it worth spending the time and money if one has seen the original and also read the book?

    Is it overwhelmed by issues of political correctness (the "real-world horrors" you refer to)?

    Is the language gratuitously vulgar (which, curiously, is often the case with movies that espouse pc views)?

    Would you characterize it as adult or juvenile in theme and tone? (At my age, I'm just not interested in juveniia anymore.)

    These are some of the things I'd like to know before I take the trouble to go see it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Carl:

    1. I didn't see the miniseries.

    2. I read the book and nonetheless enjoyed the movie, although I wouldn't call it essential.

    3. No, I wouldn't say it was overwhelmed by political correctness. The bullying, abusive parents, etc., are all in the book.

    4. There is some vulgar language, but it didn't strike me as excessive.

    5. Although the characters are juveniles, and the film is focused on them and their issues, it is certainly adult in theme and tone.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. CarlGlover
    Member

    Thank you, Dr. C. I'll probably go see it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  6. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Hope you like it, Carl. Let me emphasize that I thought it was good, but not great. And as to my numbered comments above, I have thought about #4, and am now recalling a good deal of vulgar language, though I didn't find it gratuitous, it's just the way adolescents talk among themselves.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  7. CarlGlover
    Member

    Noted. Thanks for the update.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  8. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Wouldn't want to steer you wrong.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  9. CWJ
    Member

    Ah, never mind.

    Posted 9 months ago #

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