Cert: 15 Runtime: 135 mins Director: Andy Muschietti Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Leiberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff
It’s summer! We’re supposed to be having fun!
Probably the most hyped horror film for a very long time IT has finally arrived! Tim Curry’s legacy as Pennywise the Dancing Clown has been passed over to Bill Skarsgård. This film has been in development for 7 years and has lost a director and Will Poulter as Pennywise. This is the first feature film adaption of Stephen King’s bestseller the original is a mini series. So what is IT about? Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).
IT’s big screen debut is a great horror adventure! There is so much that makes the movie worth it. It captures the essence of King’s novel by bringing back some memorable elements, such as lines, characters, atmosphere, and the very fear that the children experience. We are currently living in a Stranger Things world, IT has come out at the perfect time. IT does feel like a combination of The Goonies and Stand By Me for me personally. Stephen King is known for writing about childhood adolescence, the writers for the film understood and translates brilliantly on screen. Andy Muschietti directs with suspense, potent realism, confidence and affection, while the writing has a great balance of hilarious comedy, touching drama and pathos, references to the time period. The story, even with the change of time-line and structure, is cohesive and logical, rich in suspense and emotion but it’s the chemistry between the children resonates most. BUT I did want it to be more terrifying!
Bill Skarsgård ‘s performance as Pennywise will haunt your dreams for a while. What I appreciate about Skarsgård is that he doesn’t emulate or imitate or channel Tim Curry, Skarsgård does his own take. There is something a lot more naive about his Pennywise from his voice to movement. Skarsgård’s contortion and movement has such a sinister comedic tone to it. He was utterly creepy, and thanks to Andy Muschietti for not using him too much throughout. As much as I enjoyed the child cast, the stand outs for me were Jaeden Leiberher, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard. They embodied their characters so well and they give so much depth to their scenes. If it wasn’t for these Loosers IT wouldn’t have the heart and soul has, which is so rare in horror films. You even get real genuine character development! What is that about? A beautiful blend of drama and horror with a group of lovable kids and a terrifying villain. This is easily one of the best King adaptations put to screen and quite simply a high quality horror film.