- Origin: 21/25
- Story: 20/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 23/25
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.
- Rated: R (Adult language, bloody images and violence)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by: Andy Muschietti
- Written by: Gary Dauberman
- Release date: 8th September, 2017 (Wide)
- Length: 135 minutes
- Studio: New Line Cinema
|Jaeden Martell||Bill Denbrough|
|Jeremy Ray Taylor||Ben Hanscom|
|Sophia Lillis||Beverly Marsh|
|Finn Wolfhard||Richie Tozier|
|Chosen Jacobs||Mike Hanlon|
|Jack Dylan Grazer||Eddie Kaspbrak|
|Wyatt Oleff||Stanley Uris|
This was a great reboot that offered depth and entertainment. I liked the mystery behind Pennywise and how the children try to understand him better. The town of Derry was eerie and felt like it was part of the time. Pennywise himself was bigger, better and more bizarre, Stephen King’s image of the clown has definitely come to life.
A shocked filled adventure that could have gone further with its scares and narrative. It seems both films relied on words to defeat Pennywise, which to me was a cop-out because Pennywise is an alien being that can shape shift into your greatest fears, but he struggles to take criticism? I think he shouldn’t of chosen film as a career if he didn’t want that. I liked how the film balances comedy and horror, at one moment your laughing and having fun the next you are being chased by a creepy lady. Overall the film had a positive impact on me and gave enough to chew on before the second film.
This has so many beautiful and creative CGI moments in it. Each thing that Pennywise transformed into was realistic or just down right scary. Derry itself looked good, very convincing of the era and made for some good backdrops. It seems the film relied on jumps scares and so the camera had to be well placed, this was the case for many scenes however some were just too predictable and didn’t have the same effect on me.
A great performance from the cast, especially from a younger cast. They had good chemistry and showed great skill on the screen. Finn Wolfhard once again proving why he is on the screen, making a very funny performance as Richie. Bill Skarsgård went above and beyond to prove why he should be Pennywise, he was scary, mysterious and is definitely in my top 5 famous horror characters list. I’m glad they used this cast for the film, and kept the Stephen King hype alive.