Edinburgh Cinema

Edinburgh’s cinemas have their own, different feel. When I visit them, I’ll be writing about both the film and the place, giving you the organic experience. Film critics on the big scale can’t really cater for this, so I hope my reviews bring something extra in this respect.

It

It

It 09.09.17

It reminded me of The Goonies and Stand By Me, of a group of kids spending their small town summer playing in the sun. The best parts of this latest adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel occur when the horror is absent, the characters Beverley and Ben in particular depicted sensitively and in three dimensions. Part of me almost regrets their detour into generic horror, and the need to introduce several other child-characters, of whom perhaps three were quite important, and two largely unnecessary – an issue that damaged The Hobbit with its fourteen largely undeveloped dwarfs.

Am I too old for horror, though? I wondered this as the Clown, Pennywise, attacked the children in scene after scene. The scarier he was meant to be, the more non-plussed I felt, at the Clown's frenetic gyrations and giant fangs. Perhaps it's a case of less is more: I don't remember the little brother Georgie having his arm bitten off in the original novel, and I was both surprised at the scene and my own reaction to it since this is the pivotal opening that creates the mood for the story. The horror in this film, indeed, is anti-climactic throughout.

I'm writing in truncated thoughts, a sign this film left me underwhelmed and struggling for any flow. The ending of It reminded me of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, when each child must confront their darkest fears, and can only overcome their foe by abandoning their fear. I would say Prisoner of Askaban was scarier, though much of the child-acting reminds me of Daniel Radcliffe, with the discernible swallowing (wanting to express fear), followed by clenched teeth and fists (wanting to express the determination to overcome fear).

At the end, we discover the film is Chapter 1. I didn't know It was in two parts, and that the portrayal of the main characters seventeen years on will come in the second part. This isn't necessarily a problem, and I understand there's only so much you can cover in two hours. I may even watch the second part whenever that comes out. But as to my review's half-hearted conclusion to a movie that's really only half a movie, I will say that It is neither genuinely scary nor touching nor substantial, and it leaves me feeling like I haven't much to say.
Mother!
The Limehouse Golem
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Monday, 08 March 2021

Captcha Image

What's On This Week

My Latest Posts

December 22, 2020

Lacanian Icarus: when Gina flew too close to the sun?

On the recent experience of nearly being no-platformed There are two identities in one when it comes to being part of a disempowered minority. The first is for yourself: all your failings, your insecurities, your doubts, and connected to this, your curiosity and quirks. Let's be Lacanian analysts for a moment: what we're talking about is the transg...
November 17, 2020

If I were to detransition, this is what I would write

Warning: this is a speculative piece of writing, not an official announcement, although I have recently begun to imagine an 'ideological' detransition (from trans woman to GNC male). Here, I'm trying to articulate and reflect on my thoughts and feelings, and imagining myself from a different perspective. In this post, I'm Gina v...
November 17, 2020

Trans Hell-thcare

The picture accompanying this post is important to me. I took it yesterday, 16 November 2020, unsure what I'd find. It's been nearly eleven months since I came off oestrogen for reasons I'll get into in a moment. Undoubtedly this has had an effect on me, bodily and therefore psychologically, but the accompanying selfie gives me a reassura...
October 17, 2020

What if gender-critical feminism came to power?

This scenario is inspired by a dialogue I had yesterday evening with a gender-critical feminist just before I went to bed. Here is what I dreamed: In the summer of 2021, the Conservative minister Liz Truss introduces legislation, making women-only spaces legally accessible only to those born female. This U.K. law includes a provision for funding al...
October 13, 2020

Responses to my blog post (1)

A frustrating aspect of my website is that when people write in, there's no trace of an email address so no way of getting back to people, and also no way of publishing their messages. However, I received such a nice response to my article just now that I'd like to include it here. It's from some who for the sake of confidentiality (in case it's ne...
October 11, 2020

On adopting a more gender-critical transgender activism

On adopting a more gender-critical transgender activism Note to the reader: This post is intended as a contribution to addressing the current tensions between transgender activism and gender-critical feminism. The way I see myself in relation to female i dentity, and the ideas I express here, are not a prescription for other trans women. The t...
May 11, 2020

The Book of Queer Prophets, curated by Ruth Hunt

in Books

  The Book of Queer Prophets: 24 Writers on Sexuality and Religion The historically fraught relationship between Abrahamic religions and LGBT+ identities provides the backdrop to The Book of Queer Prophets , a collection of twenty-four meditations by public figures who identify as both religious and LGBT+. The book's curator, the for...
May 09, 2020

Queer/Transgender short film: Mesmeralda

Joshua Matteo's short film, Mesmeralda , merging horror with esoterica, is now out on youtube . As with his previous work Metanoia , we see youthful trans actors racing through the empty streets of a moonlit New York, haunted by symbols and stalked by a masked figure of violent intentions. Mesmeralda , as described by Matteo, is the companion ...
March 08, 2020

Sterile like the moon: the joys of transgender healthcare

Sterile like the moon: the joys of transgender healthcare Summer, 2016: Gina's Big Bang, as transitioning begins A bureaucratic question in a sun-lit room. My medical practitioner asks me if I intend to have children. The question lingers, but the self-loathing is instant. No, I won't be having children. The practitioner nods. She moves on to the n...