IT- Movie Review


Promotional photo from the film.

IT is the newest Stephen King book-to-film adaptation. The premise of both is a small town in Maine where a killer shape-shifting clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, begins to take children and eat them. After a while, a ragtag group of middle schoolers notice something isn’t right and they begin to investigate to get to the bottom of all the disappearances.

The book is broken into two parts: the kids’ version and the adult version of those kids. In this film, we got to see the kids’ story. Part Two will be released sometime in 2019, and it will focus on the adults 27 years later.

One of the things that made this movie so great was the casting, especially the child actors. You really feel like all of them truly are friends, on and off screen. It’s definitely something that made the movie work as a whole. The standout was Finn Wolfhard as Richie. He was the wisecracker of the group and he brought a lot of comedy to the film. This choice was very risky because sometimes too much comedy in a horror film isn’t a good idea and it can derail from the scariness, but in this case, it worked.

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise was just perfection. He did such an amazing job as the character and brought a new level of scary to him, more than Tim Curry did in the miniseries back in the 90’s. The voice Skarsgård used was mesmerizing and creepy. Right from the opening scene, you learn who Pennywise is and what he is all about. Whenever he’s on screen, it is always unsettling because of what he is doing.

The visual aspect of the film was beautiful. The contrasting color scheme of light and dark was unique because they could make things terrifying in broad daylight. It’s very rare, especially for horror films, to be able to do that right. The setting also felt very real and not like a fake set they made for the movie.

The only thing that bothered me was a scene where the protagonists cleaned up a bathroom. The scene just felt very unnecessary and out of place. Other than that, I could barely find anything wrong with the film. Granted, I wasn’t expecting to rip this movie a new one…but it’s very rewarding that there were little to no flaws.

Now the big question people are asking is “Is IT scary?”, and my response to that is yes and no. If you’re afraid of clowns, then yes, you’re going to be scared. But if you’re someone like me who watches a lot of horror movies…this really won’t make you jump. The way I described it on my podcast review of the film was that it’s more unnerving. Yes, the film is scary, but most of the scary parts in the film isn’t a cliche jump scare, it’s the element of freaking you out. That’s what Pennywise is there to do. He’s not there to give you a heart attack, he’s there to freak you out because he can transform into your greatest fear. So being able to make the audience feel unsettled is smarter than going the classic route and have Pennywise just pop out of the corner.

The movie has only been out for four days and has already made $185.1 million on a budget of $35 million. The estimates for opening weekend were between $65-70 million. This set the largest opening weekend for a horror movie and a movie released in the month of September and also second largest opening for an R rated movie with Deadpool being number one.

IT currently holds an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes based on a total of 205 reviews, 177 being fresh and 28 being rotten.

Hopefully, with where the film left off and all the acclaim it’s getting, IT: Chapter 2 will be as good as its predecessor. If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, I highly recommend that you do.

IT is now playing in theaters.