The 1990 ‘It’ miniseries was not perfect, but there are few reasons you should watch it.
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Stephen King’s It is one of the prolific horror author’s most famous works. Originally released in 1986, the novel was a best selling book in the United States while also achieving worldwide critical success. The 2017 motion picture was a blockbuster that set box office records. Sandwiched between the two was a miniseries released in 1990.
Part one of It was a major point of discussion at school the next day. The story was cool, the kids were relatable, and Pennywise was the scariest villain ever. However, after watching the second part and then eventually reading the book, the miniseries did not seem all that great. As a matter of fact, it was pretty boring. Almost three decades after its initial release, I rewatched the miniseries. It is far from perfect, but there are three reasons you should watch it.
1. Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise is amazing.Bill Skarsgård did an admirable job as Pennywise and with time it may be his take on the monstrous clown that people most associate with the character. Those who are older however will think of one person when they picture the Dancing Clown. Curry brings a charm and humor to the character that is not seen in the 2017 movie. Somehow this makes Curry’s take on the Stephen King villain even more terrifying. It is a safe bet that years from now, many people will still look back on Curry’s performance as the definite version of Pennywise.
2. Captures the bond of the Losers’ ClubPossibly the most endearing part of the original It book was the bond that was formed by the Losers’ Club. When people talk about their favorite moments it will involve one of the group from the fateful summer of summer of 1958. The adult portions of the book do not resonate with readers as strongly. (An argument can be made that this was intentional since childhood versus adulthood is such an important theme in the story.) It would not be a stretch to say if the parts revolving around the characters’ childhoods were removed, you would have a very pedestrian Stephen King novel.
The 1990 miniseries has its fair share of problems, but it captures the bond between the seven children perfectly. There is a rushed feeling and the relationships are not as nuanced, but when the first part of the miniseries had ended, you were left with a understanding of how deep and caring the Losers’ bond was.
3. No children’s gang bang!This one speaks for itself and was obviously never going to happen since it aired on network television. This scene is the most controversial and unwanted part in the book. It is also one of the most out of place moments in the history of literature and does nothing to add to the bond between the Losers. There was never a question of it being added to the miniseries and it was not missed.