Brad's Status - ★½☆☆☆
I hate Brad. I don't care a whit about him and every time he starts narrating I get a little bummed out. I have no sympathy for this clod.
And besides that, how many times is Ben Stiller going to make this movie about being an adrift adult who regrets his life choices? Good thing he's got another one coming to Netflix next month.
It - ★★☆☆☆
Too much of a muchness. The actors playing The Losers did great work, but the movie stops being creepy or suspenseful once you realize the monster attacks in every scene. There must be a better way to convey the toll taken on these poor kids by relentless magical attacks than by battering the audience with the same thing. (Lucky thing it decides to leave them alone when they're at their weakest as a group!) It's a real breath of fresh air when the plot occasionally advances.
There was a part in the middle where I thought maybe we were going to learn something about what's going on in the town, like why the adults are both unaware of IT and also all so corrupt. I was hoping some reveal would explain that everyone in town is a ridiculous caricature on purpose, all a part of some clever plan. Or at least why they don't move out.
Also, the generic high school bully archetype sucks.