IT – 2017
IT is the most recent adaptation of the heavily cult-like affiliated novel written by Stephen King (who is recognised as ‘one of the greatest storytellers of our time’ by guardian and is a personal favourite of my own). The story follows a small group of outcast 10-12 year olds who face a creature that reemerges from the shadows to prey on the town’s children every 27 years. The band of misfitted children must find a way to destroy the evil, that most commonly takes form as Pennywise the dancing clown, even if It can shapeshift into their greatest fears.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Bechdel test: pass
Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations
Personally, I loved this film and I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t have a positive impression of the movie first hand so yes I would highly recommend this movie. The kids’ acting was extremely impressive for their age and Bill Skarsgård’s interpretation of the clown was both utterly terrifying, comically fascinating and confusingly charming. The character was in the internet’s limelight for a long time as people debated on the attraction or disgust of Pennywise (Daddywise as the media took a liking in calling him). But, in my opinion, that argument was a needle in the haystack of discussions to be had of the movie (as I will discuss further into in my In-depth analysis/review).
I would recommend this movie to not only fans of the original IT miniseries and novel or fans of other Stephen King stories but also anyone who seeks to find a more artistic flare of creating movies as this is one of the first horror movies I’ve personally seen that had a clear storyline, characters and the elements needed to create any decent film. I would also recommend this to people who enjoy ‘coming of age’ films as it explores a lot of key elements of not only childhood friendship but also the transition to adulthood and facing personal nightmarish fear.
To conclude, it is good to keep in mind before seeing this movie that it does contain disturbing themes and implications as it is still supposed to be a horror movie at the end of the day. That being said, this could be a personal judgement, but I didn’t find the movie scary at the slightest. There were a couple of jumpscares that got me but overall I was so enthralled by the storyline and the thrill of what comes next that I forgot that it was supposed to be a scary movie. That, and the personalities and some of comments made by the characters were hilarious. (Go blow your Dad you mullet-wearing asshole!).
If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments or on my in-depth review of the film (warning: review contains spoilers from the film).