IT Didn’t Just Happen Like That?

Warning : spoiler alert

And a disclaimer – I am not someone who believes in gender quotas or remaking classic movies with all female casts. This is just something that annoyed me in a movie I had really been looking forward to.

I’ve seen the new IT movie now. With the same amazing friend I saw the first IT movie with. The same friend who sent me a red balloon at work that scared the **** out of me when it rose up from its box to float (!) above my desk. In fact the only thing I’ve used Facebook for during the past year is to send her trailers and Pennywise memes. So I went in fully prepared to love the new IT.

And yet … I still can’t quite make up my mind about the movie as a whole.

But what I can make up my mind about is the ending. This is where the spoiler comes in, so look away soon. You have been warned.

For me, this was the choke-on-my-popcorn-they-did-not-just-do-that moment.

When I saw the first movie, I was 12. I read the book when I was 13 and IT scared the life out of me. I had to go and sleep in my parents’ room. To be fair, we were in a hotel. I had just got to the point where Audra wakes up in a hotel to see a light coming from the bathroom because Pennywise has just emerged. So you just imagine waking up at night in a unfamiliar hotel room, looking at the door to the bathroom, and not sure whether the light you can see is the way it usually looks at 2 a.m. or because a killer clown has just crawled up through the toilet.

But I never thought twice about a girl being part of the Loser’s Club. I was often the only girl in the group of boys who liked to play tag or sports while the other girls did their Barbie’s hair or talked about boy bands. Girls can do everything boys do and be just as brave and kick ass. It’s not about gender, it’s about people.

Why did that have to be different in the new movie? Why did it have to end the way it did?

Why did the only girl in the group get kidnapped by the clown and need to be rescued by the boys? And rescued how? With a kiss! I couldn’t stop thinking that it was now Pennywise and the Seven Dwarfs.

So that annoyed me.

 

Beverly is supposed to be the one who shoots Pennywise, not the one who becomes his take out meal.

Still can’t make up my mind about the rest of the movie. Looking forward to see how they deal with the grown-up part of the book. If nothing else, I’ll be stuck with Facebook until it comes out so I can still send trailers and memes to my friend.

 

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