Weekend Binge: Floored by Stephen King’s It? Watch these 5 films (and 1 show)next
What made Stephen King’s It adaptation so good is that more than a horror movie, it was a real drama. Here are 5 other movies (and 1 show) for you to watch next if you loved hanging with the Losers.weekend binge Updated: Sep 09, 2017 09:31 IST
Every week, we will curate a collection of titles - movies, TV, general miscellanea - for you to watch (and in some cases, read, or listen to), in a series we call Weekend Binge. The selection will be based on a theme which binds the picks - which could be extremely blunt in certain instances, or confusingly abstract in some. No rules apply, other than the end goal being getting some great entertainment to watch.
While the idea is to base the theme on the week’s major events - it could be the release of a new movie, or show - we could also use this opportunity to comment on our world in general, and turn to art to wrap our heads around some of the more difficult stories of the past seven days.
The new Stephen King adaptation, It, aside from being a fine Stephen King adaptation - among the best, even - has that unique power that can transport audiences to a different time, back when things were... simpler. The time when kids didn’t let homework get in the way of more important things - like fighting aliens, discovering hidden treasure, and finding first love. It’s the ‘80s, when film’s were concerned more with characters and their stories than loud noises and fart jokes.
We must thank It for taking us back to this wonderful age in moviemaking, when directors like Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and John Carpenter were creating a whole generation of geeks. So let’s not stop now. Let’s watch more. In the spirit of the kids in these movies, let’s explore more. Here are five movies (and one very good TV show) that you can watch after It.
It’s no secret that JJ Abrams is a bit of a devotee of Spielberg’s and King’s. Many accused Super 8 (which is produced by Spielberg), his story of a group of kids who must investigate the strange happenings in their small town - yes, it sounds familiar, doesn’t it - of being too reverential. But it’s more than just empty homage. There’s death, there’s fierce friendship, and there’s a monster. And it’s beautiful.
The Monster Squad
In a sort of meta move, The Monster Squad asks the question: What if a group of movie nerds run into the monsters they’ve idolised their entire lives. The answer: Exactly what you’d expect. They handle the heck out of it.
Attack the Block
While this genre - ‘80s kids battling supernatural entities in a romantic, lens flare heavy world scored to REO Speedwagon - is a quintessentially American one, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block transports the action to London - and to the present day. A council estate populated by shady drug dealers, broken families, and class warfare, to be precise. And in the middle of all this drama, an alien invasion happens.
Like the Losers in It, the Goonies are a bunch of misfit kids who find themselves attracting adventure almost as if they’re Enid Blyton characters. Spielberg’s imprint is deep and lasting - he wrote the story - and there’s that unique sense of romanticism and camaraderie that we associate with these movies, as the Goonies embark on an epic treasure hunt.
There’s a clear connective tissue between the films and TV on this list. You can really tell how different generations of brilliant artists have inspired another, in a cycle that will probably never end. Finn Wolfhard stars both in It, and Stranger Things, which we’ll talk about next. Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, meanwhile, owes a great debt to the films of John Carpenter - especially Starman - and It owes a debt to Midnight Special for having found its lead actor, Jaeden Leiberher.
The ultimate goal must be to binge It, Super 8, and Stranger Things over one weekend. Not only are these movies (and show) remarkably similar to each other - it’s almost as if they’ve been fused together by some sort of Loser Club-inspired bond made in blood - they preach ideas that every misfit geek can relate to: Be good, stay loyal, fight the bullies, vanquish your demons, and, when you get time, watch great movies.
First Published: Sep 09, 2017 09:26 IST