There is a line uttered in Stand By Me right at the end, where our narrator, tells us of the friends he had when he was 12 and how it is difficult to find the same kind of friendship in life at a later stage. This got me thinking about how we use nostalgia as a source of comfort. Whenever we think of the past and if it’s something remotely nice, we end up overlooking the more unsavory parts of those memories. Take the movie for example. Despite all the problems that the boys have in their lives, they rely on their friendship to get them through life. Even if that friendship has its ups and downs, it is nonetheless that something they can look back at anytime and it will bring a smile to their face. Nostalgia also helps us understand something about life which is:
The way to appreciate something when we are in that moment. All of us are guilty of this at various points in our lives. Sometimes when you are alone with your thoughts, your mind wanders around trying ways to fix things you know that are long gone. Well I think that’s enough of philosophy, let’s get back to the movie. This is a film that shows one aspect of teenagers that many films gloss over. It shows that no matter how close we are to someone and however important we may be to them, there is every chance of people drifting apart. This is a fine film not because of how nostalgic it makes us feel but due to the way it affects us. We see parts of ourselves in each of the boys and that makes us feel every emotion they feel. I would recommend this film to people not just for a dose of nostalgia but also to see life for what it is – a bittersweet journey.
One of the highest grossing films of the last year and also rather surprisingly critically acclaimed, IT became a film that was loved by pretty much everybody. My feelings toward the film were a little bit different. I didn’t dislike the film. To be honest, I very rarely if ever dislike a film. When it came to this film, the overriding feeling that I had was one of indifference. To explain this, I would like to give a little bit of context.
I was not familiar with the book written by Stephen King and not being a huge horror fan, I did not know too much about the film before its trailer was released. So the trailer dropped, and I see so many people posting about it on Facebook, Twitter etc. about how scary this film is and so naturally I get a little intrigued. I saw the trailer and I must admit, it spooked me. Having been really impressed with what I saw, me and a few friends made plans to go watch the film the day it released. I have always believed that it is a little unfair on the film to go in with a lot of expectations but sometimes, it just happens. The day arrived and me and my friends went to experience Pennywise.
Now, with the context given, I wanna talk about my experience of watching the film. Even though I said that I’m not a huge fan of horror, I’ve still been able to see quite a few films scary kind. This has allowed me to learn a little bit about the tropes of the genre. Despite this knowledge, I actually get scared in at least a couple of places in every horror film I see. This is mostly due to a jump scare. In the case of IT, not once was I scared watching the film. The film was gorgeously made, it really drew me into the story. But it wasn’t able to do what a horror film should: scare me. As the film was nearing its end, I was thinking to myself ‘so what?’
The reason I am writing this is because of how rare I feel this way when I watch a film. And this feeling of indifference was only compounded by how much other people were praising the film. I read some of the praise and wondered if I had seen the same film as these people. For the record, none of my friends were too impressed with the film either. Was it a case of different sensibilities or just a one-off experience. I do not have the answer. And perhaps my biggest gripe with the film was the fact that, Bev ended up with Bill rather than Ben. To me, the entire film felt like it was setting up a pairing of Bev and Ben throughout its run-time but at the end of the film, I felt a little cheated. This is because I was really rooting for Ben. But that’s the way it is sometimes, isn’t it ?