Hidden Meaning in IT (2017) – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning in IT (2017) – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is IT, based on the
novel by the sovereign of intellectual property, King Stephen, and starring the cutest Skarsgardian
of the Galaxy. The film takes place in an alternate reality
where Earth children rode bikes everywhere, known as the 80s. Our sort of protagonist is Bill Den-bro, who
despite his name, breaks the first rule of bro code when he lets an unemployed artist
eat his brother. A year passes, and Bill’s still butt-hurt
about his dead brother — “He’s dead!” — so his loser friends search the septic
tank with him, only to find it more barren than my first wife. A local hussy named Bev, short for Beverage,
joins the crew to up the diversity and the boys’ blood pressure. And as stranger things start happening, the
kids make a shocking discovery: the only haunted-looking house in town is haunted.”That’s where
It lives.” Turns out, the artist is actually a boggart
named Pennywise, whose preferred pronoun is It… Dad! When Pennywise totally screws with their analog
powerpoint, the kids try Plan A: walk into Its traphouse, since Bev probably took all
their Plan B. And after successfully stabbing Its head, they disband for no reason. That is, until Pennywise teen-naps Bev to
show her his latest installation. Bill and Co. save her ‘cause they hate modern
art and take turns punching It — even though they could have done that at literally any
time. Pennywise goes down the pipes back to the
Mushroom Kingdom, and the most rockin’ summer ever ends, like all rockin’ summers — with
a blood oath. At its core, IT is about battling fear and
is not at all about child orgies. Pennywise lives in the sewers beneath Derry’s
surface, reflecting the subconscious nature of its attacks and how hard it is to find
a good one-bedroom. Famed Psychopath, Siggy Freudster would call
this amalgamation of subconscious concerns into one representative token “condensation.” I call it, “Dad”…Dad! Ed’s fear of disease is baked into this
dude with eczema. The painting in Stan’s father’s office
represents the pressure on Stan to learn how to read. “The rabbi’s son can’t finish his own
Torah reading.” The bloody scene in Beverage’s bathroom
reflects her insecurities about her changing body, as it’s quickly losing carbonation. The film explores the conditions under which
fear and evil may flourish. Pennywise finds a comfortable home in Derry
because the adults are indifferent to the town’s problems, like the high murder rate,
constant Amber Alerts, or the lurking killer: childhood obesity. By feigning ignorance to these issues, the
adults enable it — just as they allow bullying and racism to do its thang. The film suggests that being alone renders
one more vulnerable to fear, and to spending the entire day naked on the couch. Throughout the film, It attacks victims one
on one, cause it’s not really into group stuff. The antidote to indifference and isolation
is friendship! Okay, it’s AXT-4000D. The Losers are only able to defeat it by facing
it together and sharing their emotional burdens, even though all they had to do was hit it
with a stick. When Bev decides to go all Terri Shivo, it’s
Ben’s gesture of friendship that snaps her out of it — a classic “true love’s first
base.” Like many King Stephen IPs, IT is about coming
of age to legally bone. The film is an allegory for the transition
from childhood to young adulthood, also known as, the hood. In the beginning, the characters are helpless
children, controlled by their overbearing parents and the bullies who terrorize them. “You’re trash! But at least now you’ll smell better!” They are painfully aware of characteristics
that make them different – for Billy, it’s his oral — “Your-your-your hair.” — for
Ben it’s everything except his personality, and for Mike, it’s being the only black
character in the movie. “We’re all afraid of something.” But as the children unify and battle the monster,
they learn to assert power over their own lives, graduating from helpless children to
helpless teens. Despite its uplifting message, the film makes
it clear that evil, much like herpes, can never be eradicated without a ray gun. Just as Pennywise will inevitably wake up
in 27 years — “This stuff seems to happen every 27 years.” — Evil such as racism and abuse will eventually
rise up and get a hit movie, too. And it did, in the 2075 box office hit, “Racism
& Abuse Save Christmas.” For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid. What goes up, must come clown.

100 thoughts on “Hidden Meaning in IT (2017) – Earthling Cinema

  1. Hidden meaning in gone baby gone. Has a lot to say about the lives in poorer areas of cities and the results of that. Quote at then start says "I always believed it was the things you don't choose who makes you who you are, your city, your neighbourhood, your family. People here take pride in those things like it was something they accomplished." For an opening line about a missing child film I think it says a lot about a deeper meaning.

  2. Thank god wisecrack still has this series and thug notes; or it would have disappeared up it's own asshole a long time ago.

  3. Can you do Ferries Bueller’s Day Off?
    I’m 27 so maybe a bit young for it but it’s status as a classic has always confused me…

  4. Thank you Earthling Cinema for helping me to write my essays in English better. I couldn't have done it without your inspiration.

  5. Giving this one to you guys for free (love you!) – "Princess Mononoke" is the story of the Templar annihilation of the druids/stagmen in britannia, scota-land, and ireland. All right down to the tribes fauna, and colors of the uniforms involved; red and white being the colors of the Davids, Columbs, Templars, and the modern day Cistercian Order. The movie even references the Culdeean monks who were the priests of the christian monastic tradition that took what they valued from the ancient druidic knowledge and basically burned the rest. False druids. Templars covered in boar skin.

  6. So.. when I got here, there were 666 comments XD but anyboobies.. can we just discuss how the pennywise of today wasn't as scary as the older one? I mean, yellow teeth, the makeup.. seemed more primal somehow.

  7. Guys you are amazing, thanks for tons of contents, put in a funny and easy to digest way. You made me appreciate a lot of contemporary Cinema and TV like anybody else before.
    Only thing, the audio of narrating voice it's not that clear and sharp…

  8. It took me a while to realize the reason Ben snapped Beverly out of her trance was that he overcame the fear of his feelings.

  9. I'd love to see an Earthling Cinema of Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind (admittedly not the most popular movie), or a Philosophy thereof. It touches on the Kantian idea of memory and being. When Kant uses the transcendental unity of apperception (his wordy notion of the self) as the "I" that accompanies representations and the through-line that makes transcendental experience fluid (as opposed to atomistic empiricist experience), he is making a claim that included in the externality that constitutes the self is the notion of a consistent "I" perceiving. Put more simply, the "I" that understands its present is constituted by memory, a continuity of perceiving. The characters in Eternal Sunshine then choose to destroy part of that memory, part of themselves, and the movie explores what that means to the individual as he/she discovers what has been lost. There's a good chunk more to discuss in the film, and even more thinkers in the twentieth century who discuss memory and being, but I think it would be a great project.

  10. You guys are the best!!! Keep up the great work!!!
    Please do:
    1) The Circle
    2) The Princess Bride
    3) The Truman Show
    4) Enchanted
    5) Now you see me 1 and 2
    6) Toy story 1 and 2
    7) Lord of the Rings 1,2,3
    8) Skyfall
    9) Brave
    10) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2!!!!

  11. Yeah i remember the orgy bit in the book grossed me out…

    but its not completely unrealistic, dirty shit like that might have happened in the 1950's

  12. People who make fun of "token" black characters don't live in the western states. I lived a couple hours from the fictional location of SouthPark and there was ONE black guy at my school. This is not a trope. It is reality.

  13. We are speaking from the past. Or at least, I am. Racism and abuse save Christmas sounds as good as most of 2018’s music. Spoilers: it was a piece of crap.

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