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    I read Stephen King's book many years ago, but didn't really remember much of it, other than there was a scary clown.

    We watched the 1980s miniseries (2 episodes for a total of 4 hours) over the weekend to help us decide whether to go see the new movie.

    We saw the movie this morning. For those who may not know, this movie is comparable to episode 1 of the miniseries. A sequel is planned for next year.

    Character development of the children (what made them to be considered "losers") was better in the new movie. Of course, with the advent of new technology, there is more blood and more special effects. We found the dialogue to be difficult to understand (youngish teenagers speaking fast and not enunciating), and the volume levels to vary greatly.

    If you're a Stephen King and/or horror movie fan, you'll probably like it.
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    It is one of my favorite books of all time. I remember when it came out, I read it over the weekend non-stop. I just love the kids/adults. I saw the original mini-series and even think I own it. I haven't seen the remake yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Tim Curry will be hard to beat but the guy who plays Pennywise is just as scary. I just wish they would have made it into a TV limited series as they did The Mist. Its such a complex and long book that I don't think 5 hours or so can do it justice.
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    I am not a Stephen King fan but I remember watching the limited TV series, it was wonderful and you need that length of time to explain the story. I also ended up reading the book and enjoyed that as it filled in details that they were not able to put into the TV series. The book is huge. Will a two part film really be able to capture the entire story?
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    The 2-part movie will be similar in length to the original miniseries. I felt that the character development of the kids was much better in the movie than the miniseries, so I'm hoping the second movie continues to not disappoint.

    I'm in line to borrow the book from the library, so it will be nice to have ALL the details before viewing the second half of the story next year.

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    Just watched this movie. I have not read the book nor I have I seen the original mini series. Therefore, I did not know the story going in. And still don’t. Who is this clown? Where does he come from? What is the backstory? What is the town history? The movie touches on that briefly as we learn Ben (“The New Kid”) has been researching it. Past newspaper headlines. Easter explosion killing 88 kids. Other disastrous events that are coincidently cyclical every 27 years. What started it all? What was offered wasn’t even scary. Disappointed. 4/10.

    ETA: Wife read the book and saw the mini series and she says there was TONS left out of this movie. Also disappointed.
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    Bear in mind that this is the first movie in a two-part series - like the mini-series. The sequel is expected to hit theaters in September of 2019. That should answer a lot of questions.

    I re-read the book (1,000+ pages) before going to see the movie, as I have a bit of ADHD and my mind tends to wander off and I miss details. I thought the movie was pretty good because I knew it was only the first half of the story. The next movie will feature the kids all grown up, addressing "It" as adults.
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    WE just watched it last night. My husband disn't a SK fan so he fell asleep. My son and I both have read the book (me about 10 times) and we enjoyed it. I loved the kids and I loved Pennywise. Before my husband fell asleep he said "its not scary". I explained to him for me the book was never a usual "monster scary" book, its about the kids and their fears, that one could just be living a normal life and there is an undercurrent of evil that lurks around.

    My only complaint is I prefer it set in the late 50s as some things that were so iconic in the book, don't quite fit in to the 80s like Silver. I also missed beep beep Richie!
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    I can see how it would be disappointing if you have not seen the original or read the book. This part was the first half, from the child's perspective. The next half is the adult half in dealing with Pennywise. It should answer all those questions.

    I really liked it. Still prefer Tim Curry as Pennywise. Then again I just love Tim Curry.
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    I can see how it would be disappointing if you have not seen the original or read the book. This part was the first half, from the child's perspective. The next half is the adult half in dealing with Pennywise. It should answer all those questions.

    I really liked it. Still prefer Tim Curry as Pennywise. Then again I just love Tim Curry.
    Yes, there are things you just get when you know the book.

    Tim Curry brought a depravity to the role. I think he scared me more actually. I also just love him!
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    My stepsister and I watched the original miniseries for the first time last weekend and both of us were very disappointed. I haven't ever read the book but so many people have raved about IT, I thought I would like it more than I did. The story itself was just ok and the acting was horrible! I'm not sure which movie came first, the IT miniseries or A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I saw a lot in IT that reminded me of Nightmare on Elm Street, only I thought Nightmare was much, much better.

    I'm not interested in seeing the new IT movie now, although I would still like to read the book to see if that changes my mind about how I feel about IT.

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