Conversations of great, relevant and conscious science fiction start and end with Blade Runner.
Certainly an adaptation improvement over the previous (made-for-TV) incarnation of Stephen King's It. However, still a problematic piece. To heighten tension, an easy 10-15 minutes could've been cut. Where Tim Curry's Pennywise was full of malevolent innocence and demented humor, Skarsgård is an admirable Pennywise, much more menacing and evil. The atmosphere and tone of the film is very clear: aim for scares rather than the schlock of the 1986 version. Mostly, director Andrés Muschietti ('Mama') succeeds, but what I…