"IT" Movie Review

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Depending on who you ask, clowns are either whimsical laughable characters, or the human embodiment of the word “creepy”. Very few fall in between. After watching the second screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It”, we can only imagine how many more people will fall in the latter category. The 2017 film is the second screen adaptation of King’s 1,100 page novel. The first debuted as a miniseries in 1990. While mostly true to its source material, the newest “It” differs from its predecessors by limiting the action to one time period in the late 1980s. Previous iterations jumped between the mid-fifties to the late eighties, adding another layer of terror onto an already horrifying tale.

At its core, “It” is a coming of age story following the lives of seven children in the small, fictional town of Derry, Maine. In the film’s opening, the audience is witness to the tragically familiar scene of young Georgie Denbrough being lured into the sewer drain by the deranged figure, It, introduced as “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”. It is a supernatural, child-eating monster that comes to Derry every 27 years to feast upon children. By navigating the sewers, the clown lures his prey to their ultimate demise. Most of the film takes place nearly a year after Georgie’s disappearance and follows his older brother Bill and his group of misfits dealing with the aftermath. Throughout the film, the youngsters are plagued by unexplained tragedies. They form a group, known as “The Losers Club” and band together to fight the terrifying creature It. By the end of the film, our protagonist seems to mortally wound the clown, yet the final scene hints that the group will encounter the menace clown again.

Directed by Andres Muschietti, the film stars Bill Skarsgard as the unhinged Pennywise and a battalion of young up-and-comers including Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, and Finn Wolfhard. Currently, “It” has grossed over $441 million at the box office, moving it past 1973’s “The Exorcist” to be the highest domestic grossing horror film. While gross earnings for “The Exorcist” don’t account for inflation, we’re sure that the sadistic Pennywise will lure enough of us into the theaters to earn the top spot fair and square.