Redundant and unnecessary.
For all the hype it got I was expecting a lot more!
Excellent, Without a doubt!!
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
In my opinion anyone who says that the new "It" is better than the original (This one) is out of their mind, i can respect that everyone has a their own opinion but the fact that some people watch the new one and then watch this one, and claim that the new one is better is just dumb. The new one isn't as good as this one, Bill Skarsgård isn't Pennywise, no one can be more fit for the role than Pennywise himself (Tim Curry).
This version, the original version, of "It" is the best one. But, don't get me wrong, the new one isn't terrible it's pretty good but is no where near as good as the original. If you plan on watching the new one i suggest you watch this one first so that your opinion isn't clouded by nostalgia since its the first one you watch. I understand that you're now thinking that i only think this one is better because of nostalgia, and yes you may be right but this one is a classic and is by far the best "It" movie.
Almost everything I've seen by Stephen King has proven to be dull, insipid, a real bore. This piece of rubbish maintains the standard!
I have given it a 2 instead of a 1 because the children are fine actors.
Richard Thomas (John Boy) is the same as he always is, alas.
This is one movie to miss. Horrid. Awful. Miserable. Crappy.
I never saw this on TV as the two part mini series back in the day, I always saw it as just one big movie on a vhs tape, so that's what I've always just thought of it as. This picture has unfortunately been getting a lot of fresh hate recently because of the uh, 're-imagining,' but that's not really fair to compare two movies that are almost thirty years apart like that. That new film did have some strengths that this doesn't but the door swings both ways and I'll tell you one thing, for all its flash that movie sure didn't have the heart and depth that this patchy old 'uncool' mini-series from way back in 1990 did. Maybe I feel that way because like the majority of its fans, I grew up watching "IT" and have a strong nostalgic connection to and a big soft spot for it, so frigging what, the rose-tinted glasses will only take you so far you know! It is big nostalgia trip for me, just hearing the opening music theme alone makes me recall how I felt seeing it as a kid, nostalgia is built into the fabric of the story, which is mostly about adults remembering their friends and childhood. I do love It but I can admit that this movie would have probably been largely forgotten were it not for the brilliance of Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The new guy was decent in a completely different way but he had to hop around like a mad frog and rush at the camera to make himself halfway scary, whereas Curry could chill you with a mere look and you never forget those eyes. Just the idea of him attacking is scary enough. He cuts such a fantastic iconic figure of horror pop culture as that clown. He looks and acts so silly but there's a definite sinister quality that's always there as well. He could easily make you laugh or scream, and the performance is one that sticks with you for life! The scene of young Georgie's death is one of the all time great moments in all of horrordom to me. It's so fantastically done, the bright whiteness of Pennywise's face against the pitch black of the drain with the water running down it, and the slyness in his eyes as he appears kindly and harmless enough to entice a happy-go-lucky little boy with offerings of balloons to get close enough to join him and die... That excellent scene is why you're afraid of clowns! The rest of it doesn't totally stand up to the bar that Curry sets though, and it's him and the child actors and their chemistry together as well as they're whole first part of the film that is what's best about it. Occasionally the dialogue can be so horribly corny, especially in the second part with the adults, things go into melodrama territory a lot. The ending is a letdown yes, but it's not like Stephen King himself didn't manage to screw up the ending of the book, if memory serves me right.. The ending in this though really doesn't pay off what is an effective buildup, that spider is way too goofy and ill-fitting with its googly crossed eyes and little T-Rex arms.. And it's so weirdly blunt how after wounding it with a silver piece from a slingshot, which makes no sense as it's meant to be a living creature and shouldn't be effected by the childhood mumbo-jumbo, they all just basically go "let's get him!" and run over and tip it like a cow and beat it to death with their bare hands! The real reason things fall a bit flat is because you've spent the better part of the three hours watching the creepy magic of Tim Curry in all his righteous clown glory, and then it ends with this ponderous silly puppet that comes out of nowhere! I do like the closing sequence though where Bill takes his wife Audra on a rather hazardous bike ride to try and wake her from the coma that the dreaded dead lights left her in, I found it poignant. A little light at the end of the tunnel as it were. I had a new appreciation for this the last time I watched if, I think it has way more good points and qualities than it's given credit for, IT was above average for its day, it's kind of all over the place but it's still a very enjoyable, entertaining, and engrossing viewing experience that has its dumb sillier elements but it also has it's legit scary ones too, as well as, hammy and annoying as some of them can frequently be, characters you can actually tell apart and do actually care about, and faults and all it will always be a classic to me. "See you in your dreams!"
I watched this movie with a few friends, and most of us had seen the new one before the first one. One of my friends, however, had seen this one heaps before, and said that he thought it was great. And honestly? I can not possibly fathom why anyone even remotely likes this movie for what it is, and there is absolutely no possible argument to be made that this miniseries is better than the new movie. I don't really know where to start, but the thing that really kills this movie is the pacing and the acting. Maybe its just the limitations of the times or budget or whatever, but the whole thing just doesn't work. All the actors, including Tim Curry as Pennywise, are just really bad. They aren't engaging at all not only due to the fact they are bad actors, but also because the writing is genuinely terrible. Worse still, the whole thing is over 3 hours long, and it was terrible waste of time. I also just looked up the budget for this movie. It was $12 million. You know what horror masterpiece was made for a million less than that? Alien. 1979. 11 years earlier. I know this was a TV miniseries, but apparently they weren't trying very hard.Steer very clear of this rendition of It.