The Oscar Project
The Nominee Watch is back for the first time in over a month and it hits with a sequel to a remake of a Stephen King classic adaptation along with an animated import expanding from limited to wide release.
It: Chapter Two
I've never made an attempt to hide my dislike for horror films, but over the last few years, I've checked out more of the "horror classics" than I ever thought I would based on my past movie viewing history.
Unfortunately, this has not included It, either the 1990 television miniseries version or the 2017 feature film. When it comes to films based on Stephen King books, I have a strict rule that I must read the book before seeing the film. That's my general rule about movies based on books, but especially so with King novels.
With the box office success of the 2017 film, it should come as little surprise that talks of a sequel started almost immediately and we get the film in theaters barely 2 years later (almost to the day).
In what appears to be a visually stunning animated film from China, we get a story of a young boy who is part of a deadly prophecy that will ultimately result in him turning into a demon of sorts and wreaking havoc on the world.
My Chinese is a bit rusty, but the subtitles in the trailer indicate a theme of fighting back against what fate has destined for you. While the animation style doesn't hold a candle to what we see on a regular basis from Pixar and Dreamworks Animation over the last several years, and I don't think it will be as big a hit here as it was in China. That said, it may be one of those films that end up with a strong cult following that keep it going for some time to come.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?