Stunning in every way: acting, costume, makeup, choreography, plot, dialog, soundtrack and so much more. DARK, but stunning.
I stopped seeing "comics" movies after too many prequel/sequel/reboots. This movie could work as well if it existed outside the Batman universe (like "Fisher King", which I think it most resembles)...but the Wayne family tie-in adds ominous foreboding and weight to everything.
The thing I love most is how many questions the movie allows you to interpret in multiple and conflicting ways: which parts are reality or insanity; is truth in the official records, the Joker's observations, his family narrative, or the Wayne family version?
Or is it in the glass eye of the omnipresent television and the jeremiads if it's late-night prophets...?
I must see this again. And again.
Not as good as Chapter1, or the 90s miniseries, but quite good. IT certainly didn't feel like 2 hours + 15 min. (...buy the SMALL soda...)
Pennywise played a more believable seducer here than in 2017's version--he was too scary to believe that any child would be taken in. 2019's IT is just as scary, but also alluring.
The young actors' casting is superb; the grownup versions didn't match as well as 1990, tho the actors all did amazing jobs--just not as well cast IMHO.
Most of my (small) dislikes are where Palmer, Fukunaga & Dauberman altered the events & characters from King's book for no reason. Eddie's sexuality is a stupid distraction that contradicts the book, Mike's machinations (the ritual of Chud) aren't in character.
I did like the additional role that Stan Uris's character gets--that was awesome--as well as Bill Denbrough's confrontation with Georgie and himself in the flooded basement. Brilliant additions.
Probably the best improvement in 2019 is the visual transitions from grown-up to childhood flashbacks. Stellar!
Tho I enjoyed the movie, I prefer the 1990s miniseries better. The casting is better, the camraderie of The Losers felt more natural in both age groups. It's too bad: perhaps Warner should've had the Duffer Bro.s write + direct, and maybe a few more Stranger Things actors (young and old) as well.
It's rare that I'll rate something so crude (every cuss-word in a gangsta-rap album + ...) but the comedy is SOOO spot-on, that I can't give less than 5/5. Even the uncomforable bits like Michael Jackson's alleged paedophilia--I never thought such a thing could be funny, but Chappelle manages.
Sticks n Stones is reminiscent of Carlin at his best; possibly the perfect fusion of Cosby + Murphy, with a bit of Bill Burr thrown in. I'll probably buy the recording just to listen to it repeatedly.