VVNG- During the first act of this movie, I was already thinking about all of the extra free time I was going to have during my upcoming sleepless nights. I mean, this pumped up version of IT is more violent, more gruesome and way more frightening than its 1990 predecessor. However, as terrifying as some parts of the movie were, the more I kept watching, the more I enjoyed IT. I was no longer super scared (just regular scared), and I was laughing and having a good time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to lie to you and tell you that I did not look away more than a few times (while pretending to take notes) during some of the scarier moments of the flick, but there are so many more layers to this fantastic adaptation that superbly blends horror and humor into a really compelling coming of age story.
Pennywise the dancing Clown is an evil monster that terrorizes the town of Derry, Maine. The creepy clown takes children into the sewers after he scares the bejeezus out of them. Now it’s up to a group of kids, that call themselves the Losers Club, to put an end to this wicked wrongdoer before more kids go missing from this place that is full of bullies, wicked history and adults who are almost as bad as Pennywise.
I give IT, the “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” I really enjoyed this hardcore and unapologetic version of the beloved, campy miniseries from the 90s, adapted from the Stephen King novel. The kids that play the members of the Losers Club all did an impeccable job portraying children that are way braver than I will ever be. The director does a marvelous job making you feel tense and anxious and happy and relieved, sometimes in the same scene.
The pacing is perfect and I did not lose interest in the movie for a single second. Kudos to Bill Skarsgård for portraying Pennywise in a more psychotic and chilling way than Tim Curry (I really liked Mr. Curry’s performance), he was still able to be somewhat funny, but in a way that would make you run away from him if you ever saw him in the streets (or in a gutter).
There are so many parts in the flick that are funny and sweet, and helped me relax between all of the bountiful scares. Sometimes I would honestly forget that I was watching a horror movie. Of course I kept getting reminded of it, CONSTANTLY. I do warn you that this movie is not for the faint of heart. Lots of terrible, terrible things happen to the children in this movie.
My suggestion to you is to leave your kiddos at home (do not be THAT parent who takes their child to watch this… That is totally uncool), and go check this out in theaters if you are in the mood to have a good laugh and an even better fright.
So, what did you think of IT? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.
Official Synopsis: Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.