Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott
Release Date: Sept 9, 2017
Genres: Drama, Horror
Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language
I’ve been a huge fan of Stephen King for most of my life. Strangely though 2 of his books really never connected with me, The Dark Tower series and IT. The latter I tried to make it through before just giving up. Ultimately, clowns just never scared me much, I actually like clowns, so maybe the scares never landed as intended. This new film version suffers, just a tad, from the same effect. Bill Skarsgård is great as Pennywise, even though it feels a bit more like old school Freddy Kruger more often than not, but I was ever really scared throughout the film. That’s not to say it’s a bad film, far from it, IT just isn’t very scary. That being said, a big chunk of the credit for the film’s success has to go to director Andy Muschietti and his preteen cast. Muschietti directs a well crafted, borrowing bits and pieces from the best King adaptor Frank Darabont, piece that captures that all important feel of King’s works. There’s a slight Stand by Me feel to the proceedings even though the film is set in the late 80’s. The cast delivers excellent performances throughout, making you care about each character’s journey. Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis in particular stand out for the authenticity of their performances. IT is an excellent film even if it doesn’t make you hide under your covers after you see it.