Release Date: September 8, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours 15 min
After Credit Scene: NO
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 8.9 out of 10
A non-spoiler review.
“A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown (Pennywise), begins hunting children.”
What you need to know about IT: The movie is based on a novel by Stephen King. The first adaptation was a made for TV movie series in the 1980’s. This movie, unlike the TV series, tells the story in linier timeline starting when they were kids. The story is set in Maine, like many of King’s work, during the 1980’s.
What works: This young cast can act and act well. They are able to pull off the comradery that neighborhood kids have. Although I have not read the book, I’ve been told that this movie is adapted very closely to how King originally penned the story, therefore those who have read the book also enjoyed the film. I didn’t find the movie to be scary, but those around me were certainly on the edge of their seats as there is usually a buildup of suspense whenever Pennywise is present. Surprisingly, this movie is loaded with comedic moments that will surely make you laugh far more than one would expect in a horror film. A standout performance was given by Finn Wolfhard who you may recognize from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”, and Bill Skarsgard who was also in this year’s film, “Atomic Blonde.” The make-up and special effects were great, Pennywise looks amazing!
What doesn’t work: There isn’t anything that stands out to me that I did not like. Some websites will tell you that there is an after-credit scene. To save you the time of sitting there waiting for the moment — ALERT, SPOILER – the title pops up and you hear Pennywise laugh. You won’t miss a thing if you don’t stay for that laugh.
For a horror film, which I’m not always a fan of the genre, this movie is fantastic! It captures the feeling of a Stephen Spielberg film and that 80’s vibe is spot on. The acting was excellent and the dialog was superb. Honestly, I had no idea the movie would have so many laughable moments. But alas, if you don’t like clowns or have a fear of clowns then you will really have an issue with the film. Stephen King doesn’t have the best track record for film adaptations of his books. We don’t have to look too far back to “Dark Tower” to understand what I’m talking about, but this movie is done very well. Although my viewing was not in IMAX, I’m told that the movie is more intense in that format.
Be sure to check this movie out at your local theater.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give IT an 8.9. Grab some concessions and enjoy a funny and frightful movie.
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