It (1990) was pure wish fulfillment on a certain level—a personal message from a former isolated nerd to all us other nerds who simply wanted life to be different than it really was.
On-screen, Clara Bow's remarkable strength of personality was enough to win her everything she desired. In life, it wasn’t enough to ensure happiness or agency.
These adaptations of Stephen King’s stories remind us that memory is faulty—in remembering our past we are incidentally altering it.
There was no shortage of enthralling female protagonists in 2019, many in films much more engaging than It Chapter Two—but Beverly Marsh is the one I keep coming back to.