Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: IT

Synopsis: "New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), 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.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut."

Hiya, Georgie...

IT became one of the most beloved and popular movies of 2017, and with good reason. Pennywise made his first appearance onscreen since the 1990 made-for-tv miniseries starring the likes of John Ritter, Seth Green, and of course Tim Curry as the dancing clown himself! While there's a lot of restrictions on a tv movie, this movie had a lot more they could get away with. The gore, the kills, the graphic nature, more time to elaborate on Pennywise's backstory. So while certain fans were ready to dismiss it because they loved the original, so many others were ready to embrace a brand new take on the classic.

Bill Skarsgård puts on the clown makeup and dons the big red wig as the new Pennywise and as great as Curry was, Bill put on a different performance. He was a more gory killer and in my opinion, more frightening and much more physical. A lot of attention came, rightfully so, from Bill's performance and in turn, actually helped revived Pennywise as a horror icon by breathing life into him and giving him a second life.s

The coming to age and puberty themes were something horror touches on but not as often as you'd think. Being a kid going through these things isn't exactly fun. Falling in love, a young girl having her first period, struggling to deal with bullies, making new friends, child abuse. This movie covers all those and more. I feel like a lot of these scenarios I could relate too (especially the bullying and having that first crush). Of course, I never had to battle a killer clown but, the rest is still pretty spot on. Even better? Every child in this movie is someone you'll see either as yourself or some of your childhood friends. Every insecurity or feeling of not belonging is represented somehow in each of the characters. For me? I was totally Richie, the overcompensating, loudmouth, always trying to convince others I was a lot more confident than I truly was.

Some great features added on the disc as well:
- Pennywise Lives!
- The Losers' Club
- Author of Fear
- Deleted Scenes

For my money, the best featurette is "Author of Fear", a rare interview with the author of IT and everyone's favorite king of creep, Stephen King! I'm a huge fan of hearing what goes into creating characters, so this along with "Pennwise Lives!" a look at how Pennywise was fleshed out, are simply fantastic!

In my opinion, IT was the horror movie of 2017. It was a great year, with great offerings for every kind of horror fan. But I think IT helped create a new icon and even brought Stephen King back into the mainstream. If this movie is any indication, Part 2 is going to be even bigger and better.


1 comment:

  1. I dont want to read to much but I'm looking forward to seeing It