It (2017)

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It is a film that centers around a group of kids who are losers that come together one summer to stop the clown, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Pennywise terrorizes these kids with their worst fears, but they are the only ones willing to try and stop him.

Before watching It: Chapter Two, I revisited the first film. And compared to Chapter Two, this is the better film, mostly because of the character work and pacing.

The cast of the kids are great. Bill (Jaeden Martell), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Ritchie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), and Mike (Chosen Jacobs) all have great chemistry together. Some kids are more in the spotlight than others, but you feel for all these children who are going through an extremely hard time not only being scared of Pennywise, but are being bullied by Henry Bowers (Nicholas Bowers).

Henry Bowers is a stereotypical and a bit over-the-top type of bully, but he was scary due to his instability. The kids are ultimately the better cast because they are more fleshed out than the adults versions in Chapter Two. They’re also more fun to watch and their friendship really is the core of the film, not the horror.

The film has a tighter pacing, which is missing in Chapter Two. That’s partly because not as much weird stuff is included in the kid portion of the story, but also because the scares were unique to each kid and were more spread out throughout the film.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is perfect casting. Not only has he made this character iconic once again, but he brings his own spin to it. His ability to move one of eyes and his drooling just creep you out.

The scares are effective, but overall I still don’t find the film as a whole scary (though I’m sure that is not true for others.) However, the projector scene to the house sequence are full of great moments and scares.

Overall, It is a great horror movie, but more for the cast and direction than the scares. The kids make the film very enjoyable and it’s just a fun horror film to watch.

I give It an A-

 

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