IT (2017) A terrifyingly good movie that must be seen
Back in the 90s, we were brought the first look of Pennywise the clown as the brilliant Tim Curry took on the role of the clown in Stephen King’s IT that put the frighteners up people and probably caused more cases of Coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) than in recent years.
Now 27 years later, which coincidentally is the amount of year between the appearance of the terrifying clown in the town of Derry, we have not so much a remake of the 90s mini series but a new adaptation of the book and this new movie is one that you have to see on the big screen!
New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT” is directed by Andres Muschietti (Mama) and is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
This version of the brilliant horror novel takes us back to 1988 when Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) are enjoying their time together with Bill making his brother a paper boat to play in the rain with, suffice to say the movie starts quickly with the shocks as we are treated to a dark cellar in the house as Georgie looks for wax for the paper boat. Those that have seen the 90s movie and read the book will know of the drain scene that is forthcoming and even though you know what’s coming, you still jump out of your seat as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is seen with his crazy smile and terrifying eyes in the drain.'A storm blew me away. Blew the whole circus away.' - PennywiseClick To Tweet
As we are introduced to the children in the Losers’ Club, we learn more about them and slowly on their fears that Pennywise will be feeding off as the film progresses, the child actors in this movie are superb as they not only fight their own demons such as Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) the school bully but they also club together to fight the evil that is Pennywise. This is a story of togetherness and them being stronger together than being apart, especially when going up against an evil clown!
Sophie Lillis who plays Beverly Marsh is brilliant throughout the film as we see her transform from being bullied at school and abused at home by her father to being someone that enjoys life hanging around with the boys during the summer term, look out for the scene with her sunbathing with the other Losers’ Club members.
IT – Beautifully Shot
The first thing that came to my mind while watching IT is that the movie is beautifully shot, the set pieces are framed very well in the 2.35:1 ratio screen, the colour used throughout the movie is also nicely done, especially when we see the vibrancy of Pennywise’s red balloons, dark scenes are well lit and even the terror of the old abandoned, spooky, house is nicely done with a nicely subdued colour palette. The use of the lighting and shadows to put you in a sense of insecurity works like a charm to give you those, “is something about to happen” moments.
IT is not just a good looking movie it also sounds great as well, the use of the cinema surround sound is used to great effect in many scenes, the rear speakers are particularly well used to give you that unnerving feeling that there may be something just to your right or light, or indeed, right behind you. For a horror movie, this is ideal to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Andres Muschietti has done a brilliant job of directing this new adaptation of IT, the movie pulls you in and you become part of the Losers’ Club, going on the journey to find the children that are “floating” and to hunt down and destroy Pennywise once and for all, adding to the atmosphere of the movie is the nicely done soundtrack by Benjamin Wallfisch, the music in any film has to be right to suit the mood and Wallfisch has certainly brought in his own touch to the films atmospheric soundtrack, somewhat foreboding and cheerful in parts, it’s a soundtrack that doesn’t give much away when it comes to the scares and that’s what I loved about it, let the visuals create the scares and music to follow on.
The cast for IT are brilliant, the kids are perfectly cast for their roles, with each one bringing something unique to the parts that they are playing, as do the adults in the movie. Let’s not forget Bill Skarsgård, for me on a personal note, Tim Curry has always been Pennywise, I suppose this is down to him being the first, but Skarsgård has certainly pulled the role off as his own, the craziness that comes across in his scenes is stunning and terrifying at the same time, and those eyes!
What I thought was CGI to create Pennywise’s eyes looking away from each other is, in fact, a party trick that Skarsgård that can do, now isn’t that something to freak you out, even more, when you see the film, it did me.
IT – Scare-tastic
I have to say that I had my doubts about this new adaptation of IT, but was I wrong, this is a movie that laced with everything a good movie should have, there are comedic moments with some great one-liners from Richie (Finn Wolfhard), emotional scenes with Beverly and of course the scares and screams that Pennywise brings to the film. This is a movie that if you love the book and even the 90s Mini Series, then you have to see IT!
With the announcement that Chapter 2 of IT is on the way, set 27 years after the events of this movie, which will see the older Loser’s Club it looks like we are in for even more scares from Pennywise. Now you’ve read the review, don’t miss the chance to win some awesome official merchandise.
IT is a brilliant adaptation of the Stephen King book, the movie has great casting, direction, editing and more. This is a movie that you have to see on the big screen, but be prepared to scream!