The movie “IT” 2017


Galaxy 16 theater in Cedar Rapids

Good Monday morning!  I’ve been a fan of “IT” since the mini-series first came out 27 years ago.  Buddy Johnnie and I often recite lines from that movie such as “They float down there”.  It was exciting to be present for one of the first showings on Thursday, September 7th.  Some people may not have seen the 1990s version or read the book so I apologize for any unknown references.

1990 version of “Pennywise” played by Tim Curry

Pennywise, the creature who wakes up every 27 years, appears as a clown and murders children, was as creepy as ever.  He was busily at work luring and killing the most innocent of the town’s kids in Derry, Maine… and storing them in the storm sewer.

Bill Skarsgard at Pennywise from IT.  Credit to New Line Cinema

The movie was fun.  Like the original miniseries, it was really creepy but not all that terrifying.  In this release a lot of time was spent developing the characters.  There were many differences in the story and the newer version more closely followed the Steven King book.  Some things were changed such as not calling the black kid the “N-word”.  I’m glad that was taken out.  On the other hand, “Ben” (the chubby kid) was called “tits” which I found amusing although now days they call that body shaming.  Oh well.    🙂   Being a newer movie the “f-word” and other cursing was present but it was very much in the context of what you hear kids saying now days.  (or one hears when I’m fishing)

The whole movie kind of dragged out a little bit and the scenes didn’t transition the smoothest… but neither did the 1990 version.  Pennywise was every bit as sinister though not quite as humorous as the Tim Curry version.  Nonetheless, I left feeling entertained and am eager to go back again.  There will be a sequel to this movie and I’m really looking forward to it.

Other than Star Trek, this is the first movie remake I can remember liking… There were no nightmares though.  The only thing scary was paying $6.25 for a Diet Mountain Dew.   🙁

Much more of a force to be reckoned with is “Jennywise”… I showed her the little clown doll and she slapped it.

Feisty as ever, Jenny spent a half hour in the state park with me this morning.  She had a stare-down with a curious ground hog.  Later this afternoon Jen and I are going camping nearby.  I’ll get some good pictures as she enjoys her first trip in some time.  Toward the end of this month we are going out for 2-3 days up north.  Jenny is loving the cool air… Aren’t we all?

Take care and thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy travels always!

Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

6 Responses to The movie “IT” 2017

  1. Pam in Louisiana says:

    I love the look on Jennys’ face! I can hear her now…’I know you aren’t dumb enough to actually put that horrible thing in my face’. haha.. Gotta love those fur babies. I’ll bet she was so happy to be in the van with you again, and I hope she enjoys the rest of this outing. You take care and enjoy it, too..

  2. my_vantasy says:

    Hope you enjoyed that Diet Dew for what you paid for it. Crazy price, but they have you hostage. It’s been a while since we’ve been to the movies…we spent more at the concession stand than we did the ticket counter! “Jennywise”–that’s funny!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! I made sure to drink every drop of the soda. Movie theaters don’t make any money on the tickets. From what I’ve been told, the companies take 100% of the ticket sales plus a portion of the concessions… then the theaters can try to earn a profit. That’s the reason for the expensive pop and popcorn. It’s painful! 🙂 Jenny and I just got back from camping – there are some cool pictures to post. Take care!

  3. Jo says:

    That really is a creepy clown lol. I have been seeing posts of all kinds about this movie from my family.
    I see even Jenny wasn’t impressed. Sounds like you are having some wonderful weather. It is still hot here and the humidity comes and goes.
    Can’t wait to see some camping pictures of your next camp out

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! We’ve had some terrific weather. It’s looking hot this weekend (88) but should moderate after that. Jenny had a blast on the outing last night. I’ll get some pictures posted soon. Take care!