I hated this movie. I thought it was dull, and it only kept some some of the good parts of the novel, or even the television mini-series. I would have liked it to be a little closer to what the first movie, the novel, or even the original mini-series was like. I did not think that the use of Pennywise was well done, and I do not think that the characters were more interesting or more developed.
One scene I really, really hated was the scene when Beverly visits her old apartment, and is greeted by an old woman who is very welcoming. I think the director or writer or whoever developed this awful scene should have been fired. there was unnecessary humor, that was not only not needed, but it didn't add anything to the story, or the entire film. It was so silly I almost left the theater, because it was ridiculous.
Another thing I didn't care for was the length of this movie. It is an hour and forty-nine minutes, and it felt like it was an hour and forty-nine minutes. When I took a look at my phone to see only an hour had passed I was very frustrated. So yes, yes this was very slow and ridiculous. There were several moments in the movie that frustrated me. I didn't need this to be a humorous movie, I needed this to be a scary movie. I needed for this to be Stephen King scary. Instead I got a whole lot of discussion, a too little Pennywise. What made the mini-series and the novel scary was the clown. The history behind him, what he was, and how he behaved, this made people everywhere scared of clowns, and here there was a lack of clown.
I also still stand by my original assertion that I don't think Bill Sarsgard is scary as Pennywise. He just doesn't have it in him.
Luckily, I only paid three dollars to see this movie, but even that seems too much. It was not only too much money, but it was too much of my life spent on one thing, which neither scared me or held my attention. I should have been home reading, or sleeping, or having sex, anything but watching this movie.