“It” was destined to be a box office hit, but even Warner Brothers has to be shocked at the Stephen King adaptation’s record-breaking success over it first three days. The Andy Muschietti-directed movie opened to a monstrous $123 million, making it one of the biggest debuts for an R-rated movie and the absolute biggest horror opening weekend in history. The film has revived the box office after a historically low summer, but it’s also making admirers out of industry heavyweights, none more so than Xavier Dolan.
The Cannes-winning director, who is currently in post-production on “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” took some time this weekend to see “It,” and to say he adored it would be a massive understatement. Dolan quickly took to Twitter, where he proclaimed “It” was his new favorite movie of the century.
IT is my favorite film this century. pic.twitter.com/86KqVKZFV3
— Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) September 10, 2017
Dolan followed this grand statement with a passionate Instagram post describing just how much the movie meant for him. “This is what entertainment should always be like, and also what it so rarely is,” the director said. “It should always have standards, and treat you with respect for your taste and intelligence.” Read Dolan’s entire “It” reaction in the post below:
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Go see @itmovieofficial – for the love of your childhood, for the fears you concealed, and didn’t dare to express. For the extreme, moody, masterful beauty of the photography and sets, for the fun, for the unashamed and guiltless sense of pleasure, for the wit, for @finnwolfhardofficial, @jaedenwesley and all the others, go see it… for EVERYTHING it is and means. This is what entertainment should always be like, and also what it so rarely is. It should always have standards, and treat you with respect for your taste and intelligence.
“It” is now playing in theaters nationwide. Dolan’s “John F. Donovan” does not have a U.S. distributor or a release date yet. He’ll most likely be taking it to one of the early 2018 festivals, perhaps Berlin.