As of Thursday, the seventh of September, the newest movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel “IT” has been released. There is also the 1990 mini-series of the Stephen King novel. I have decided that I should compare the two film adaptations.
To compare these two clowns has not been difficult - Tim Curry's 1990 portrayal of Pennywise, The Dancing Clown, was far superior and much more substantial (with Tim Curry really getting into the roll). All the while Bill Skarsgard, though he is a great actor, was almost was just a plain monster that the kids had to defeat.
Another difference in the films were the kids and their fears. One obvious thing is that the kids seemed to be better actors in this most recent adaptation, and they are a little more faithful to Stephen King's novel. Another difference from the 1990s too the 2017 adaptation is that they refer to themselves as the lucky seven in the Tim curry version, while there are only six of them in the latest adaptation.
These two films both have their highs and lows respectively. But, all in all, I would reason that the 2017 adaptation is far superior to the former, as Tim Curry was almost the singular redeeming thing about the mini-series. However, with the upcoming sequel, the children all grown up and that could change!
Story by Peter Hornaday