Book vs. Movie: Stephen King’s IT edition

As the saying usually goes, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and this is no exception to the rule. In my journey preparing for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT I finished reading the massive book about a week ago and tonight I decided to watch the 1990 miniseries with Tim Curry and honestly, it’s not all its cracked up to be. Maybe it’s because I’m older and never watched it as a child, but it’s more corny and cheesy than scary. I know a lot of people rave about Tim Curry’s performance, but even his performance to me was really cheesy. It almost didn’t even creep me out. The one part that I did find creepy was when they were flipping through Mike’s old photo album when they were kids and the picture came to life and Pennywise came out of it, but other than that it didn’t terrify me. Like I said before though, maybe it’s because I’m older. On the bright side, I did enjoy the parts they kept faithful to the book like in the beginning with Mrs. Denbrough playing the piano or the epic rock fight when their group of six becomes the Lucky 7. I haven’t seen the new movie yet but I think this new movie is going to be way better. Just from watching the trailer you can tell that the tone is dark and I believe that they’re going to do a great job of building tension (which the miniseries doesn’t do a good job) and Bill SkarsgĂ„rd’s look is just perfect. They do a really good job of playing up the childishness of Pennywise in his first appearance in the trailer. I’m extremely excited to see this movie and we only have 29 more days to go!

Hooray for Fences

Applause all around for this movie! Amazing performances from an all-star cast, which included Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Mykelti Williamson. Not only that but the dialogue was phenomenal. This is a movie that focused much more on the message and delivery on the words being spoken than on the action of the movie. I read the play a couple of times in college so I knew about the basic premise and underlying themes. First, there’s the obvious starting point which is the title of the play, Fences. The character of Bono brings out a good point in the play. That sometimes fences are built to keep people out but they can also be built to keep people in. I believe that to be the main theme of the play considering that’s the title. Rose is so desperately trying to hold on to her family and keep them together, but we find out in the end some things go awry and it doesn’t quite work out. On another point, I have to give kudos to Mykelti Williamson for playing the mentally ill Gabe. I think he did a fantastic job of submerging into that character. He gave an excellent performance. I think any actor who can successfully portray mental illness is outstanding. Whoever hasn’t seen this movie it is a must watch!

First impressions of IT by Stephen King

First of all let me say that I am super excited for the new adaptation of IT to come out on September 8th, 2017 (for anyone that is curious). Second, I am thoroughly preparing myself for what looks like is going to be a fantastic movie. I feel like the 2 minute teaser trailer that the audience got was just enough and for me it developed an obsession. I always knew Stephen King was an amazing writer in the back of my mind. I’ve read other stories by him like Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary, so I am familiar with his work but just seeing the preview to this new adaptation of IT impressed upon me a new appreciation for Stephen King. After watching the trailer on YouTube I read the comments of course and a lot of the comments were about the original miniseries that came out in 1990 and of course the ORIGINAL source material written by none other than Stephen King. I read comments like the book is scarier than even the movie and that the book is super long but well worth the read, and so reading more and more comments like that I told myself that I have to definitely read the book before the movie comes out because the fact that a book can be scarier because you have to use pure imagination is incredibly awesome to me. I’m only a few chapters in and I am impressed more so with King’s story telling. I will admit though that I haven’t really gotten to the really scary bits yet. I’ve read some things in it so far that have been disturbing, but I’m expecting way more to come from the comments that I’ve seen and heard. However, I’ll tell you what I like about IT so far. First of all, King does a great job at character development. King shows us the kids as they’ve all grown up first but he also gives us glimpses of their childhood, which tells why they are the way they are and what makes them tick. I also think King does a great job at foreshadowing. From the beginning we see the brotherly bond that Bill and George have, but we also see the impending doom soon to follow. One scene that really struck me and I seemed to analyze in depth was Tom Rogan and Beverly’s relationship. Tom Rogan is Beverly’s abusive husband. Beverly gets a call to come back to Derry to defeat IT. What’s interesting is that we learn that Tom grew up in an abusive household with his mom, which obviously was passed down to him. Something that I noticed was that Tom seems to have a fear of being invisible. Maybe he was invisible to his mom growing up besides being visible enough to get a whooping for minor things. After Beverly gets off the phone call she seems to look right through him. That scared him. He keeps asking himself, “Are you there? Are you sure?” King’s writing is really striking and it does make me think and analyze certain themes. I’m looking forward to reading more. Stay tuned!