Scares but where did the sto­ry­line go?

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screen with­out com­ment or in­sight.

It con­tains a num­ber of ef­fec­tive set-pieces and scares (al­though not nearly as many as last month’s Annabelle: Cre­ation man­aged in a shorter run­ning time), but it re­ally doesn’t hang to­gether as a nar­ra­tive.

The gang meet up, get into a scrape with the clown, run away and then meet again a week or a month later to re­peat the se­quence.

One thing hap­pens af­ter an­other in a more or less co­her­ent se­quence, but that’s a pretty un­de­mand­ing def­i­ni­tion of a plot. It is prob­a­bly just about enough of a movie to send you home af­ter the screen­ing not quite grum­bling that you’ve wasted your money.

In­stead of a two-hour plus film, surely this book was – and al­ways has been – cry­ing out for the full 12-part TV se­ries treat­ment, with ev­ery char­ac­ter arc and nu­ance of story treated with re­spect and devel­oped to the full.

Know­ing that will prob­a­bly now never hap­pen made it im­pos­si­ble for me to re­ally en­joy It much at all. Still, Stranger Things’ sec­ond sea­son starts soon. Look­ing for­ward to that. – Graeme Tuck­ett

This film adap­ta­tion of It deals only with the child­hood-set part of the book, but never re­ally es­tab­lishes the cast as any­thing other than a small se­lec­tion of over-fa­mil­iar Stephen King reg­u­lars.

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