It (2017) Movie Review

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It (2017)

2017 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama
135 minutes / 2h 15min

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It Plot Synopsis:

In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.

It (2017) Review

It (2017) is a 2h 15 min rated R American drama supernatural-thriller-horror film that was shot in Bangor, Maine, USA and several locations in Ontario, Canada. It is based on Stephen King‘s
1986 novel titled It. It is everything I was anticipating the movie would be making it a horror classic for my family and I as it was, one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever.

It won the Best Horror award from Golden Trailer Awards on June 6, 2017. It had an estimated budget of $35 million and grossed over $482 million at box offices worldwide. The movie contains major violence onscreen and off screen, bad language, bloody images, intense and frightening scenes that will be scary for a younger audience.

Stephen King’s It 1990 miniseries is one of the greatest horror miniseries I have ever seen. The miniseries brought about several clown movies and many copycats/imitators. I was a little scared kid when I first saw the 1990 miniseries, but it was the gateway for me to become a Stephen King fan which I am still a huge fan of his today. It is a lengthy novel, but it is one of my favorite novels that I reread from time to time - my kids (teenagers) enjoy the novel as well.

It (2017) is the first part of a duology that revolves several children in Derry, Maine, in 1989 who are being terrorized by an ancient evil that awakens every 27 years. The seven children are in The Losers’ Club, and they have no choice but to face the evil demon that is called "It" and face their own personal demons along the way. The demon It changes his form to whatever scares the kids in the town the most so that he can feed off of their flesh and fears. The scary monster It likes to take the form of a psychotic razor sharp toothed clown who introduces himself as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Teenager Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher - St. Vincent (2014), Midnight Special (2016), The Book of Henry (2017)) gave his little brother Georgie a paper sailing boat in the summer of 1988. Georgie took the boat outside to play with it and became Pennywise’s victim. Bill is the Losers’ Club leader, and he decides to get his team together the following summer (1989) to take down It while also fighting off the town’s bully Henry Bowers and his crew. Bill recruited his friends because he thinks that his brother might still be alive. Is Georgie still alive with his arm missing?

Director Andy Muschietti (Mama (2013), Mama (2008)) did a phenomenal job executing this very loved movie that horror fans have been waiting for patiently. He directed the movie with confidence making everything flow seamlessly, even the characters, layers, and sets. I was astonished that he explained the dense mythology so well. Andy Muschietti and the screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman did an exquisite job condensing and adapting Stephen King’s story.

The visuals were purely astounding as well as the music and sound design. The jump scares were there, but they could have been amped up for hardcore horror fans.

Pennywise It fans will be hesitant about seeing Bill Skarsgard replacing Tim Curry in the role of the clown, but I must say that Bill did an exceptional job scaring us and terrifying the kids. Bill does an excellent job playing the new Pennywise from the second we see him, and he starts talking as he gives us that serial killer vibe.

Fans who fear clowns should be warned that this movie will scare the bedazzle out of you.

It was easy to fall in love with the kids and feel their emotions as the film progresses. Moviegoers will not even realize that the movie runtime of two and half hours will come to an end so quickly as the movie leaves you no time to look at the time/your watch.

IT was not a flawless film and for all the viewers out there that wants a flawless film - flawless films do not exist. There were minor blemishes and changes but nothing to take away from your experience of enjoying this fantastic tale.

The performances were outstanding as well as the direction, cinematography, musical score, sets, special effects, and sounds making it one of the best Stephen King adaptations. Cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung did a terrific job capturing the eeriness of the town.

New Line Cinema announced on September 25, 2017, that a sequel to It would be released on September 6, 2019. Co-scriptwriter Gary Dauberman will be returning to write the script.

  • It Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.74
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • MetaCritic: 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.5

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About It 2017

Title: It
Year: 2017
Runtime: 135 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.87/5 stars from 364,386 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 364,386
MPAA Rating: R
It Cast Starring: Javier Botet, Steven Williams, Megan Charpentier, Neil Crone, Stephen Bogaert, Isabelle Nélisse, Isabelle Nélisse, Edie Inksetter, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Owen Teague, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Grazer, Bill Skarsgård, Cyndy Day, Jack Dylan Grazer, Geoffrey Pounsett, Joe Bostick, Roberto Campanella, Elizabeth Saunders, Will Poulter, Janet Porter, Bill Skarsgård, Logan Thompson, Memo Díaz Capt., Pip Dwyer, Chantal Vachon, Tatum Lee, Kate Moyer
It Writers: Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
It Director: Andrés Muschietti, Andy Muschietti
Box Office: $326,898,358
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA, Canada