“It 2017” is a Horror, coming-of-age film directed by Andy Muschietti, and stars Bill Skarsgard, Jaden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott. It’s about a group of children living in Derry, Maine who are constantly terrorized by a creature in the form of a clown named Pennywise. in order to end this terror, they decide to confront pennywise in the sewers, whilst dealing with bullies and their own personal demons in the process.
I’ll start by saying that I’ve never read a book from Stephen King in my life. since I’m fifteen now, beforehand I’ve only learned of his stories through the movies adapted from his books. I’ve learned of the best movies adapted and the worst ones adapted from his stories. seeing as how this is another adaptation of the book of the same name, with the last adaptation was in 1990 in the form of a TV miniseries which is seen now as more of a joke than an actual film to be scared of. does this new version of Stephen King’s famous novel fare better than the miniseries? or is it just as much of a joke?
I’ll be happy to say that this movie exceeds on every expectation I had for this movie and it is even better when you think about it often enough to see it again.
However a review is still a review and I must give pros and cons no matter how much I love this film.
So what do I like about it?
- First off: Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is Friggin Fantastic. this could be his best role to date. every scene works whenever he’s on screen and it always pays off. not a single dull moment with this performance as well as this character and you know what- I’m actually scared to see him sitting in the corner of my bedroom before I head off to sleep fully knowing all this is fictional. if a character sticks in your head like that after seeing a movie because of the performance, you know It works.
- The child actors are especially amazing. watching them, you actually do get the feeling of their friendship within the losers club or the insanity sweeping over the scenes with Henry Bowers. much like Bill Skarsgard, there’s never a dull moment with these actors and their performances and everyone in the losers club gets a moment of heroism in saving each other from the dangers they face and every emotion just works.
- The scares while not scary (and we’ll go back to that later) are still frightening and creepy. from the first scene where we meet pennywise, to any scenes with him in it, to any scenes with the bullies, to any scenes taking place in the sewers. it’s creepy and it always pays off, while not in the way that you’d think it’ll work.
- The cinematography is beautiful and completely makes you feel uncomfortable in certain scenes, and more intrigued in others.
- The music from Benjamin Wallfisch also adds to the uneasiness and intrigue of the movie and it works in every level. I still hop onto youtube just to listen to some of the tracks.
What don’t I like about this movie?
- Well, I guess the only gripe I have with the movie is that While it is creepy and some scares work well enough to traumatize viewers, the film is never like so scary you just can’t take it. a lot of the scares are very easy to handle if you’re a lot older to see a movie like this like if your above 13 or 14 (cause obviously anyone underneath the age of 10 cannot handle movies like this unless they got the heart of a lion). movie isn’t scary-scary but it still works as a tense filled movie and the fears driven within it work to it’s advantage.
So overall, The movie is AMAZING. I encourage you to go see it. even if your not a fan of horror, you’ll walk out of the theater very happy you saw a great horror movie such as this one like I did. if not, well film is subjective cause everyone has a different opinion and I understand if you think differently.
Go watch it and see what you think but trust me you won’t be disappointed you saw It 2012.