IT

GUEST REVIEW by Blake

  • Release date: September 8, 2017 (USA)
  • Director: Andrés Muschietti
  • Budget: 35 million USA
  • Producers: Seth Grahame-Smith, Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, David Katzenberg
  • Screenplay: Cary Fukunaga, Chase Palmer, Gary Dauberman

Let me first start off this review by saying…I am not BooksBeJeweled. I know, talk about a plot twist right? But, have no fear, Jewels isn’t going anywhere! Jewels was just kind enough to let me have a guest review here on her blog.

So for now here is a Movie review on the movie “It” from  Blake, otherwise known as a younger, smaller, better looking version of Jewels because I am lucky enough to call Jewels my mother. Okay, now seriously, on with the show…Unknown-2

So I am no book worm, but I AM a movie worm (?) Being the lovely daughter that I am, I bought tickets for my parents and I to attend a viewing of the movie “It.” I only bought them because I forced them to go, after all these kinds of movies are only good in the theaters right?

At least that’s what we thought until we realized if we waited to see the movie in the comfort of our own home, we wouldn’t be forced to put up with the obnoxious 30-year old men giggling like Pennywise the entire film or burping like they were 12 year old boys having a belching contest. Okay sorry, I know this isn’t supposed to be a review on the theater experience, but c’mon seriously??

Now, this review isn’t going to be comparing the 2017 version to the OG movie or the book, because well, I haven’t read the book or seen the OG movie. YOU’RE GETTING FRESH EYES PEOPLE.  The movie had barely begun before I quickly decided I enjoy any movie that revolves around a group of little boys, riding around on bikes and cussing. I mean honestly, does it get any better than that? The boys were easily the scene stealers of this movie.

The boys’ acting was totally believable, at times I even wondered if some of the dialogue was improvised. The little girl in the movie was a total badass, but also could easily pull at the audience’s heartstrings. I’m not going to lie I could have just watched a whole coming of age movie about the little kids, but I guess that would just be “Stand By Me.”

Now for what we are all here for right? Bill Skarsgard AKA Pennywise. The voice Skarsgard chose to use as Pennywise was perfect. Enticing, yet also something that would be in your nightmares. There were a lot of good, classic jump scares from his character, and amazing special effects. I kind of love that this movie had a lot of over the top scenes, some might say were too cheesy, but they took me back to some classic horror films like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Stephen King’s “Carrie.”

While the jumpiness and clown were scary; overall, it was just a fun movie to watch. If you go into this movie wanting to laugh and wanting to scream you will. Just have an open mind and I’m sure you will be surprised by how much you love it. I enjoyed every second, until the men behind us started talking so loud I completely missed the last scene. I regret to inform you I completely missed the last scene. For all I know it could have been terrible, but I somehow seriously doubt that. I guess you’ll just have to go see it and let me know..get it? Go see “It?”

Ok, this is Blake signing off! Back to regularly scheduled programming!

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SHARP OBJECTS

5/5 Stars

  • Author: Gillian Flynn
  • Published in 2006
  • Broadway Paperbacks

“I just think some women aren’t made to be mothers. And some women aren’t made to be daughters.”
― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

This is one of the darkest, most disturbing books I’ve ever read. And I love it. Well, today I love it. I picked it up years ago, started reading and was like “no way Jose”. I had read Dark Places and Gone Girl and, of course, thought I could handle Sharp Objects, the Gillian Flynn debut. I wasn’t ready at the time for this little monster of a book.

The extremely creepy plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Just a few of the themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm. But there is so much more.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve read a lot of blasé, boring domestic noir lately. Give me a book with some meat on its bones! Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter got my motor running again and I just couldn’t go back to some of those wimpy “beach book” mysteries quite yet.

If you’re caught in a summer stagnation, wake yourself up with this book. It’s probably lying on a shelf in your house somewhere. Just prepare yourself. Flynn is an expert “description giver” and some of the things she describes are not pretty. At all. As in sick, sick, sick.

Yes, the characters are seriously f****d up! I don’t need my heroine to be shiny and pristine. Every person in this story has got issues.  Who knows what kind of childhood some people endure? Aren’t you curious as to WHY they are weird? I always am!

I know some readers are all, “but, I don’t really like the characters, I can’t root for anyone…” Ok, then this book isn’t for you. But, I’m telling you, Gillian Flynn is a master at blueprinting the human psyche into a living breathing character that you won’t soon, if ever, forget. You’ll probably even have a nightmare or two, after all, Stephen King is a huge Flynn fan.

Sharp Objects If you can’t find a copy around your house, click here to purchase this paperback book now!