On Saturday, I decided to see the new It movie since I’m a major Stephen King fan and I have read the book and saw the 1980’s miniseries with Tim Curry, so I was a bit nervous if they did this film justice. I didn’t have to worry at all!
The film is directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. The film stars Jaden Lieberher, Jeremey Ray Taylor, Sophie Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Olef, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
The first thing I noticed about the actors that played the loser club was how intoned they were to the characters as they showed in the book. It was the most faithful portrayal of the club from the book. They also portrayed them as children, not just kids on a mission against Pennywise, as actual friends playing together.
Skarsgard killed it as Pennywise. He brought his own style and flair to the character, which added to the creepiness. His rough and childish voice, his unsettling dancing, his scary smiles, and how he always changes to your worst fears, when all you have to do is see the red balloon floating in the air and you know you are screwed.
Now, as an avid member of “READ THE BOOK!” club, they did change a few details in the film and it did irk me a bit, but that didn’t hinder the film. It felt good to watch a film that didn’t go completely by the book, but still made a good show of it.
This film has a good plot, several easter eggs for hardcore King fans, timely jumped scares, hilarious scenes, well-developed characters, and unforgettable monologues. I really recommend this film.
If you weren’t scared of clowns before, you will be now!