Hello folks! It’s lovely to be back with you this fine September afternoon. Fall’s beginning and it’s only appropriate Hollywood trot out its monsters to herald the start of this gorgeous season. So how about IT? I’ll even venture to say that fans of Stephen King won’t be as disappointed with this—fascinating take on childhood fears—as they were with the first Dark Tower. Let’s take a look!
Childhood monsters take us a very long time to get over. I still have mine, and I’m sure you have a couple still lurking in your mind? IT explores this aspect of life, blowing it up to some pretty terrifying proportions. The town of Derry, Maine, is haunted by an evil spirit manifesting mostly as the clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), who appears every 27 years to kill off children. But he’s not the only evil creature terrorizing children there—there’s also the sadistic local bully Henry (Nicholas Hamilton).The adults being either too busy or stressed out to care, it’s up to the kids to save themselves. Here they’re comprised of a group of pre-teen misfits calling themselves the Losers (including Sophia Lillis and Chosen Jacobs), each facing a unique crappy situation (abusive parents, bullies, and such).
When Bill’s (Jaeden Lieberher) kid brother vanishes, he becomes intent on finding the six-year-old, and enlists the help of the other Losers. The tension is palpable as we see how the evil haunting them changes form based on each of their unique fears… and that’s where scares slowly become predictable. Some of the characters are not well fleshed-out, so we end up not really caring what happens to them. The lack of a sense that psychological damage is being done (the kind that scars one for decades) removes the emotional impact this flick could’ve easily made. But for all that, I think it’s worth your cash, seeing as how brilliantly it’s shot, and its potential to keep you on the edge of your seat (most of the time). Check out the trailer:
Do you like Crate & Barrel? Well then, how about a Crate & Barrel catalog with a generous sprinkling of ‘fancy L.A. mansion’ and a dash of ‘vintage muscle car?’ Seriously, those are the honest-to-God ingredients in this rom com. Reese Witherspoon stars as a cute 40-ish woman just separated from her music producer husband, set on a journey of self-awakening. In short, she returns to L.A., meets some 20-ish male filmmaker types and lets them stay at her guest house for as long as they please. You’ll get to witness the awful daily challenges of beautiful and financially privileged young people who reside in expensive parts of L.A. Me, I’d let this go to streaming and then ignore it. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me. It’s so great to see you all again! Come back soon, and let me know what you saw! Adios.