It (2017) Movie Review

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Revive your childhood nightmares in It.

Following the 1990’s remake, the monster returns 27 years later to invoke fear! The terrifying clown, Pennywise, resurfaces in its haunting ground- the town of Derry to terrorize and feast on kids. Andy Muschietti (Mama) takes on the directorial role of the reboot. Gary Dauberman, Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer based their screenplay on Stephen King’s novel of the same title.

Nightmare Fuel

It hits the spot in delivering great scares and unsettling sequences. Bill Skarsgard breathed new life to the monster in a terrifyingly creepy performance. The film used CGI to great use in making the infamous clown look more monstrous as compared to its previous appearances. One thing that the film accomplished is establishing the character as a nightmare fuel for the haunted kids of Derry.

Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.

The kids in question collectively referred to their group as The Losers’ Club. Started with 4 boys, the group then grew to 7 members as they shared a goal to solve the mystery that has been haunting them. Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) lost his brother George one rainy day. Caught with grief yet determined to keep on looking for him, Bill eventually found himself trapped in a larger mess. Each member of the group had their moments to shine in the film but Richie (Finn Wolfhard) stood out with his wit and humor.

Pop Culture References

References to the 1980s pop culture peppered the script resulting in some hit and miss humor. At one point, the repetitive nudge at New Kids on the Block felt exhausting. The few off-track humor almost distracted the atmospheric horror vibe of the film. Luckily, the kids brought strong performances. Bev (Sophie Lillis) almost carried twice the weight of the story as she dealt with two problems: a case of abuse and the other is horror.

Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.

It is probably one of the scariest horror movies of the recent years. While it fumbled it to keep a consistent tone, it successfully established its characters and their fears. This led to a more cohesive plot and a satisfying conclusion. This coming-of-age film will not just make the audience laugh and scream but it will also spark nostalgia for some summer adventure.

Pennywise | Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Pennywise | Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophie Lillis, Bill Skarsgard
Binge-level: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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