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In terms of feminist critique, Andy Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s It poses quite a challenge. The infamous story of a child-eating demon and its run-ins with a group of social outcasts in small-town Maine is notable, in its source material, for the way in which it consistently places its single significant female character – Beverly Marsh – in sexualised situations. But, in this film – the first time that source material has been adapted for the big screen – a number of changes have been made that alter the story, specifically with regards to the character of Beverly. The point is, these changes are not alterations that make her depiction better – they just make it different. And that’s frustrating.
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