When a myriad of children goes missing for days on end, the adults can only do so much. When our very fears are manifested in a three-dimensional lifelike form, our hearts begin to pump faster and adrenaline is released throughout your body. Stephen King’s new adaptation of IT did both of these things, but the movie also had a brighter side to its themes.
This movie should not prevent or discourage potential viewers (such as yourself) from watching it. If anything, IT serves as a public service announcement on facing your fears, especially as a child. You have to stand up to the very thing that keeps you up at night. Do not let it overcome you. Instead, you must overcome It. You do not have to wait 27 years to finally get rid of your fears.
With friends around to have your back, you do not have to do face your fears on your own. Yes, the common phrase “Believe in yourself” may be cheesy, but it truly is worth taking into account. In IT, each member of the Losers club had their flaws, and that was what made them bond as a group. No matter your race, color, size, or shape, we are all human beings trying to make something of ourselves in this world. Together, nothing can stop us. It was the divine power of friendship and faith that damaged the evil entity, and it is that same power that invigorates us.
Although Stephen King is well-known for being the King of Horror, there are novels and short stories you might want to check out that deal with other themes. Here are some suggestions:
11/22/63 – A high school English teacher travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and hunt down the killer.
The Body (however the film adaptation is titled Stand By Me) – Four children venture in their area to find the corpse of a dead child, and along the way bond as a group.
Firestarter – A young girl and her father are on the run from the organization that gave both of them special abilities.
The Green Mile – A wrongfully-convicted felon on death row has the supernatural power to cure, resurrect, or heal another living organism such as a mouse or a human being.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (although the film adaptation is titled The Shawshank Redemption) – An innocent banker is imprisoned and makes friends during his life sentence.
Written by: John Tangalin