“It” Review

"You'll Float Too!"

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Pennywise the dancing clown has returned after his 27-year rest to haunt the children of Derry, Maine. Capitalizing on new effects available to filmmakers, the September release gave a new look to the clown along with the “fears” throughout the movie. This addition to the Stephen King genre added to his legacy in horror and crossing over from book to film.

This new adaptation of “It”, directed by Andy Muschietti, surpassed the beautiful horror of the original 1990 classic, which featured Tim Curry as the leading role. Muschietti, along with Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise, has composed an original character that is to the likings of horror fans and King’s followers.The movie takes place looking into the lives of the kids, whereas the original, made for a TV movie, looked into the lives of the adults and their childhoods.

In “It” there is a strong opening act with Georgie and the creepy entrance of Pennywise, giving every viewer of the movie a new fear of sewers. As frightening as this scene is, it became an icebreaker for audiences to tell that this would be the thriller that fans were hoping for.

A big part of what made the movie standout was the actual story and plot to this. Besides just being another scary movie to some, but really it is a book written by Stephen King, giving a lot of great story that was properly demonstrated throughout. Especially excelling in the dialogue between the child protagonists, capturing the nonsensical conversations and making it feel nostalgic for the viewer.

Despite a strong opening scene, the intensity weakens, putting the focus on the story rather than needed scares to keep audiences held up. Credits to the makers of the movie for attempting to fit this story into two and half hours, but it ended up losing some viewers at times.

Sadly, there was no explanation to dissolve what Pennywise actually is. Initially, there was an idea for a scene to be in the movie explaining the origins of “It”, to be set in the late 1700’s. The scene was for Pennywise to have captured a kid and offered the mother of the child an ultimatum. Her choices were to have her child taken, or to have every kid in the town to perish.

The mom, obviously to have chosen her son, would end up having her see every kid floating down a river. Due to the budget being at $35 million, well below the average cost of movies, the studio chose not to produce this scene.

The biggest thing that has audiences sided against one another was the overall look of Pennywise compared to the 1990 version. People are not ashamed of the performance of Skarsgård, but sad about the look of Pennywise compared to Tim Curry’s version. Pennywise looked more of an Old English style instead of a modern-day clown with lots of colors, as stated in the book.

The best part that keeps the film consistent is with the addition of new “fears”, parting itself from the 1990 version. “It” captured the common fears in everyone, presenting a new form remembrance that hasn’t been seen on the silver screen before.

“It” captured the essence of Stephen King’s novel along with new features to keep the story original in its’ own way. Bill Skarsgård’s new appearance of Pennywise was a bold move that might have taken away some likings of audiences, and from the actual design of the clown from the book.

Personally, as most can agree there was a lot of stories that were properly presented which might have taken away from some of the scares in the movie. Overall, the film took on a big job and had succeeded for the most part but now has put a big weight on its’ shoulders for the sequel that will hopefully prevail in 2019.