Date watched: Friday 8th September 2017
Year released: 2017
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, begins hunting children.
The movie was pretty awesome.
So I decided at the start of the summer to read to book in preparation for the movie (review here) and really enjoyed it. I didn’t find it that scary but it was generally such a good book to keep reading. The trailer for “IT” looked intense and set my skin to goose pimples every time I watched it. I’m pretty excited that the novel has been split into two parts, allowing for a deeper exploration of the two sides of the story, with our Losers as kids and then as adults.
As with the book I didn’t find the movie adaptation that scary. “IT” tends to feed on fears that the kids have, and as such despite the jump scares I don’t really feel as though “IT” truly is a horror movie in that sense. My husband commented when we walked out that it’s a coming of age movie, and I’m thinking I agree with him on this. All our kids are social misfits at the start, and by the end of the movie they are such a close, tight knit group that have been through so much and grown up through their experiences together.
The acting from the kids was phenomenal. The chemistry between them all was amazing and you had no doubts that they were all hugely connected when it came to their final showdown with Pennywise. Our favourite clown was portrayed this time by Bill Skarsgård, and he delivered a wonderful performance: creepy when he needed to be creepy, but also occasionally lighthearted and whimsical as a clown would be. This, in my opinion, made Pennywise all the more terrifying and unpredictable.
Much like in the book I kind of found the final showdown a little bit anticlimactic, but the journey our kids go through in the rest of the movie is worth the watch. From watching them as individual Losers to becoming the group that supports each other and backs each other up when times are tough.
At no point was I bored during the movie, and the large cast of kids carry the movie extremely well, and definitely hold their own against Bill Skarsgård. Im excited to see who they cast to play the Club as grown ups in the net instalment, and I hope it lives up to this Chapter of the tale.
My rating: 8.5/10