IT (Movie Review)
IT (2017) is an adaptation from the wildly popular Stephen King novel. IT stars Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.
IT the movie had a lot of hype in the early part of 2017 as the first teaser trailer dropped, getting horror fans and fans of King's novel excited for the film adaptation. Going into a film like this many fans want three things: 1) Good story, 2) Good characters, and 3) THE SCARES! IT delivers on all fronts. Without giving any spoilers away to those unfamiliar to the material IT is a film that centers around a group of friends called the Losers Club who encounter a malevolent clown known as Pennywise. Pennywise uses the fears of these children to eventually eat.
Bill played by Jaeden loses his brother Georgie when one day he mysteriously disappears one rainy afternoon. Lieberher does a tremendous job of heading the film as the leader of the Losers Club, he is the Captain America of sorts of the group trying to reinforce courage and strength to the rest of the group after encountering Pennywise. Stand outs of the film have to go to Finn Wolfhard who plays Richie and Jack Dylan Grazer who plays Eddie, the two play very comedic characters not for the sake of saying something funny but to add to the dynamic of the friends. Friends joke around, say things most people couldn't get away with unless they were your friends. Richie (Wolfhard) is the wisecrack of the group, always adding his brand of humor to a horrible situation often make light of a situation the group gets in either out of fear or to lighten up the mood. Eddie (Grazer) is also a comedic character often the bud of Richie's jokes, it is then that he also retorts with his own comebacks. These two characters are seemingly the hardest to pull off only because they're both so funny that it could've been the same character but both young men play to the strengths of each character to keep them different from one another. Surprisingly the film is very funny the kids really make you feel like you're watching friends hang out and care for each other. This film works so much as a psychological thriller more than pure horror. Pennywise the antagonist of the film isn't seen very much, but when he does show up its impactful and leaves you haunted sometimes, at times the humans are sometimes scarier than Pennywise because you don't expect it but when it comes to the clown bringing the scares he does.
Bill Skarsgard truly embodies this character head to toe. From the franticness that Pennywise moves when he chases you to the articulate wording he has when speaking certain words. His performance is truly magnetic and inviting as sometimes you feel charmed by the clown just before he turns into the evil clown we know him to be. I liken his performance to that of Heath Ledgar's Joker from The Dark Knight (I know we're not the first to say that). Like Ledgar, Skarsgard has picked up the mantle from a predecessor who like many others believe had a huge undertaking when accepting the role.
Overall, the film is a mix of The Goonies and Stand By Me while taking you on an adventure with friends, a horrifying adventure but one that by the end lets you breathe. Director Andy Muschietti captures the atmosphere and tone of the film perfectly and delivers on the hype. We recommend you see IT in theaters before it's too late.