Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic, “IT,” hit the box office on Sept. 8 and has been dominating the movie theatre scene ever since. With global sales reaching $371 million, Muschietti’s adaptation is being hailed as “‘The Force Awakens’ of horror movies.”
Set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, Muschietti’s “IT” catalogs the events that transpire when a deadly recurring curse, which comes back every 27 years, returns to hunt down unsuspecting kids. The film follows the lives of seven “social outcasts” as they group up to try and figure out what is going on in their close-knit community.
A new connotation
The adaptation of King’s “IT” was a long time coming. When compared to the classic film, this version stands alone when it comes to horror. This is not to say the classic adaptation is not a horror movie; however, it is clear that the two movies are completely different in their approach to horror. The classic adaptation of “IT” can be described as a silly type of horror – just look at the presentation of Pennywise, the dancing clown – whereas the 2017 version of Pennywise, without a doubt, adds a whole new layer of scary. The classic Pennywise is silly, almost playful, but with a deadly demeanor while the 2017 Pennywise is downright scary.
The differences in story plot
Aside from the physical overhaul of Pennywise, Muschietti’s adaptation also focuses mainly on the childhood part of King’s novel; also, compared to the classic movie adaptation, the 2017 version focuses more on plot development, characterization and jump scares.
In the end, what you are left with is a completely new movie with fresh horror vibes and a great story line. Although the connection to Stephen King might not be as prominent as before, “IT” is definitely worth the watch for any movie enthusiast.