Last year's adaptation of Stephen King's IT was one of the most popular films of the year. Of course, that doesn't mean it was perfect, as the Honest Trailers team can always poke holes in even the best movies. In their most recent video, they go after IT and the way that it hammers on the 80's nostalgia center of your brain. Check out the trailer below.
One of the major things that the film adaptation of IT did that was a major shift from the novel was the change in time period. In the book, the main characters are kids in the 1950s, then we see them as adults in the 1980s, which was the modern day when the book was published. The movie shifts everything forward, so we see them as kids in the 1980s and we'll see them as adults in IT: Chapter 2 in our current day. It's a move that makes a lot of sense, as nostalgia for childhood is a large part of what the book is actually about, and a large part of the film's audience were kids in the 80s.
The Honest Trailer points out all the major 80s references in the film, including the movie theater marquee that announces several big films from the period, the movie's love of all things New Kids on the Block, and the original Street Fighter video game, which most people never played. Of course, the other reason that IT feels like such an 80s nostalgia-fest is that the story itself was a major inspiration for Stranger Things, which was designed to be an 80s version of IT before IT was actually set in the 80s. The inclusion of actor Finn Wolfhard only makes the comparison that much harder to avoid.
As per usual, Honest Trailers also does a pretty solid job focusing in on aspects of the film that you might have noticed the first time around, or at least not consciously, such as the way so many of the interactions between the kids and Pennywise follow an identical formula. This is kept fresh by making the actual monster or object of fear very different, but in the end, it's all just a lot of slow walking toward danger.
In the end, however, IT is just a really great movie, something which the Honest Trailer ultimately admits. It far exceeded expectations at the box office, which officially greenlit the sequel, that will see all of the characters back, but played as adults. The film is set for release in 2019 which means it will likely begin filming later this year. Casting is sure to be under consideration right now.
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