The Loser’s Club are at it again in this book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. The film dives deep into the ultimate fears of a group of children who are haunted by a demonic entity who has been resurrected after 27 years. This time, the Loser’s Club are all on the menu, but that's not exactly a good thing.
Director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has crafted a wonderful and intense story about a group of adolescents who have to learn to fight back their fears. It's also a work of art, with multiple jump scares and terrifying moments, mostly thanks to the film's terrifying monster Pennywise the demonic clown. Watching the Losers battle Pennywise after deducing his origins is thrilling, but there's more to this film than this battle alone.
There is also plenty of character development and fun interactions between each of the kids at the center of It. Yes, those moments with Pennywise are frightening, but it’s the other scenes that truly make this film a horror masterpiece. In no particular order, here are 5 scenes that are great even without It's Pennywise.
Note: Mild spoilers to follow for the new movie, It.
1. Georgie And His Big Brother Bill
Though this scene takes place at the very beginning of the film, the interaction between Bill and his younger brother Georgie immediately sets the tone of the movie going forward. The film opens with Bill helping Georgie make a sailboat out of his own notebook paper.
Named the S.S. Georgie, Bill tells him to let it set sail, even though the audience knows what is about to happen to Georgie (hint: it's not good). This brief scene is imperative and shows how much the brothers care and love one another especially once Georgie is eventually taken by Pennywise.
2. Bill And His Father
While there weren't a ton of interactions with the kids and their parents (some more than others), there was a brief moment where we find Bill showing his dad a model of the sewers that he had recreated. His father becomes highly upset that his son had been using his stuff to make a model of the sewer pipes. Instead of forgetting about the situation, Bill is doing his due diligence while hoping and praying that his little brother may still be alive out there somewhere after he mysteriously goes missing.
Bill’s father clearly wants to forget about the whole situation and move on because he most likely knows what happened to Georgie, who was taken by Pennywise. This scene again shows that Bill misses his brother and that there may be a slight chance he may still be alive, even if everyone else doesn’t think so.
3. Eddie Kisses His Mother Goodbye
Ah, a sweet kiss goodbye for mother. As Eddie is about to leave his house to go off on an adventure with his friends, Eddie’s mother immediately calls out his name. You know where this is going. After Eddie rolls his eyes, he walks right over to his mother sitting on the couch as she waits for a goodbye kiss. Eddie has no choice but to plant a sweet and gentle kiss on his mother.
It’s a quick and sweet moment but what tops this scene off is the reaction Richie gives. After Eddie kisses his mother, Richie asks if he too can give her a goodbye kiss. It’s a jokingly fun scene that adds more dynamic between these characters.
4. The Loser’s Club Jump In The Lake
This is one of my favorite scenes in the entire film. As the boys are hesitating on the edge of a cliff to jump in, the only girl, Beverly, makes the first move. The kids are then seen having so much fun interacting with each other while playing Chicken in the lake.
Perhaps the best part of this whole scene is shortly afterwards when everyone is out of the pool. Beverly is seen tanning on the ground as the boys are stunned seeing a young woman tanning. This scene shows how innocent these kids are despite their rapid coming-of-age. It also makes for a very humorous payoff when Beverly catches the boys staring at her.
5. Throwing Rocks At The Bullies
The main bully, Henry Bowers, and his unified group of bullies are seen at one point going after Mike, their young target, who nearly beat Henry to death. The Loser’s Club sees what’s happening and intervenes by starting a rock-throwing fight. The bullies are seen pulverized by the rocks thrown at them and retreat away from the fight.
This scene is crucial moving forward because it’s the very first time we see the Loser’s Club work together to take out their enemy. The scene is a good test for this group of kids especially since they will have to go up against a greater threat: Pennywise.
What were your favorite scenes that excluded Pennywise in It? Go ahead and share your thoughts in the comment section below!