IT proves to be a thrilling take on King’s novel

Jarrod Flaherty
Staff Writer

Stephen King's "IT" is the largest ever opening weekend for a horror movie. Courtesy of WBPSITES.COM

Stephen King’s “IT” is the largest ever opening weekend for a horror movie.

Children and middle-aged men beware, IT, the 2017 reimagining of Stephen King’s classic novel, is hands down one of the best modern horror films in years.
The film works as a coming of age tale, a horror film and a thriller. However, the film is so much more than that.

IT 2017 is directed by Andres Muschietti and stars a group of very talented young actors, with the stand out being Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things. The movie also features Bill Skarsgård in the role of chilling clown Pennywise, who will no doubt give you nightmares for months.

The film is about a group of kids who live in Derry, Maine who ban together to stop the killer clown from feeding off children’s fears.

The terrifying story has been told before in the 1990 miniseries of the same name. However, in the 2017 reimagining, the film is told entirely from the kid’s perspective and is light years better than the miniseries.

The relatively unknown Skarsgård gives one of the most bone chilling and memorable performances of the year.

Skarsgård embodies the role from the way he moves to the way he talks, completely selling the creepy nature of Pennywise while still maintaining the mystery and mystique of the character.
Even though Pennywise is shown more than some might deem necessary, he owns the screen and has the power to scare the hell out of anyone with a pair of eyes. The character is the selling point of the film and will be remembered for years to come.

Muschietti has crafted a visually attractive film with scares that will keep you awake thinking about them, particularly one scare that happens in a garage…good luck sleeping!

Not only does the movie terrify, but the humor is also there. The writers have done a great job on the dialogue because the conversation in the film is genuine and realistic.

The conversations that the young cast engage in closely resemble those that actual grade school kids would have with one another. From dropping F bombs to talking about each other’s sisters, the humor works.

Pure and simple, this is a beautiful film. Adding some very nice wide shots of Pennywise backset by the creepy look of Derry, Muschietti has made a Stephen King flick from start to finish.
However, with all the positives come the negatives. The one minor problem in the film is that when Pennywise appears and brings the scares, they never really get the time to breathe.
When the tension is at an all-time high, it is broken with funny dialogue. When you have a scene that is very intense, downgrading the impact with humor can become rather annoying for the audience.

Out of all the great films this year, IT has, without a doubt, been the most fun I have had at the theater. Delivering both hair-raising screams and hilarious dialogue, IT is not only a great horror film, it’s one of the best films of the year.

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