Directed by Andy Muschietti
Screenplay by: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga & Gary Dauberman
Based on the Novel by: Stephen King
This was a perfect time to release this movie. There is a definite nostalgia factor for all things 80’s and especially summer 80’s child adventure movies. IT combines all those nostalgic feelings and makes them utterly unsettling and creepy. The movie takes a look at those darker childhood moments and at those things that are never meant to be remembered and puts them alongside a whole bunch of terrifying images.
Not to mention, it’s also a great time for a creepy clown movies considering the real life creepy clown sightings that were going on just a few short months ago.
Now seems like a good time to announce that I am an unbiased reviewer (well, I am when it comes to this film). I have never seen the original Tim Curry version and I have not yet read the book (it’ll probably be my very next read, however). Anyway, when I went in to see IT, I went in with an open mind and just looking to be creeped out for an afternoon. I absolutely got what I wanted and even jumped out of my seat a few times.
If, you’re not familiar with the story of IT, let me give you a brief rundown. During the summer of 1989, the small town of Derry is plague by a rash of child disappearances. A group of outcasts kids aka The Losers’ Club, set out to discover what IT is and find a way to stop IT for good. Each of the kids have their own horrors to face that don’t actually involve having to deal with the mysterious entity that’s plaguing their town. There’s a lot more going on than IT and I think that’s what takes the movie from being good to being downright amazing.
Every single one of the child actors were amazing. I feared for them, cried for them and wanted to adopt every single member of The Losers’ Club as my own. They were smart and funny and I was so impressed with the emotions they were able to portray on screen. As I touched upon earlier, Pennywise was not the only horrifying thing going on in the lives of these characters and these kid actors handled these difficult themes with so much talent.
Bill Skarsgård is a creepy dude. Okay… he personally is not a creepy dude, but he plays one so incredibly well. He rocked the role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. His performance is both creepy and unsettling but at the same time… playful? His introductory scene is so very uncomfortable because of the overwhelming sense of dread (which is actually present throughout most of the film). It was such a fine line between terrifying and funny and Skarsgård played jump rope with that line in such an amazing way.
So, I’m just going to go ahead and end this review by saying… I loved this movie. I have been recommending it to everyone I know. It was so satisfyingly creepy. Not to mention, it looked amazing. The creepy atmospheric shadows and just the general feeling of unease that was present throughout the entire film. Don’t get me started on the little yellow rain coat. Ugh, I was in love with the look of this film from the very opening scene. Everything about the look, the music, the themes and Pennywise kept me in a constant state of unease.
This is one of the best made horror films I have seen recently. It had a touching heartbreaking story, it had a group of funny loveable losers, and it made me jump out of my seat more than once.
Go see IT if you haven’t already.