It – Film Review

Title: It

Age: 15

Released: 8th September 2017

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Genre: Supernatural Horror

Rating: ***** (5/5 stars)

About: 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.

Review: What’s scarier than an evil clown?

I have been so looking forward to seeing this film.

This is exactly the type of horror film that I enjoy. It doesn’t try to be artsy or confusing. It just gives it to us straight.

Stephen King’s work is legendary, it just seems to always be everywhere. The question though, is whether or not Andrés Muschietti was actually able to (either) improve, or give the story justice.

Nothing is quite as shocking as when you read the text first. However, if you don’t compare the film to the book, it certainly deliver a piece of horror that can have you jumping in your seat.

I really enjoyed this film. There were scenes which I hated, but only because I couldn’t look away.

The beginning screen where the kid is talking to Pennywise in the gutter. That scene is iconic.

The scene in the basement and Pennywise comes running out the water – I think everyone in the cinema had a heart attack at that point (or at least I know that I did and certainly the poor lady in front of me).

This film is very well acted and it constantly putting the audiences’ emotions on edge. The sad truth to this story, is something which is at the core of this film, it’s always there. A reminder that these are kids who have gone missing and that there are family members missing them. Further to that, is that each of the main kids in the film have a background, good and bad.

The storyline for the character of  Beverly Marsh was probably my most favourite, it certainly was the most gruesome in my mind. . . for many, many reasons.

Firstly, her fatherly figure is just scary (lets just leave it at that).

Secondly, the scene in the bathroom with the hair and the blood was just terrifying (and a bit disgusting). I’m not one to throw up during film scenes, but I did find it pretty gruesome.

And lastly, I think the actress that plays her (Sophia Lillis) is just amazing in her role. I know that most of these actors are all young, but I have to say they acted incredibly well considering the tone of this film.

I always worry about bringing young actors into ‘horror’ films because of the effect it might have on them. But one thing that is clear to me, that although these are young actors they certainly don’t seem to lack any sort of talent.

Anyway, I think the tension in this film worked really well. I only really jumped at one scene, and weirdly enough it was a scene that was in the trailer so I should have been prepared for it. I know that there were definitely people in the audience who were terrified — and I always think that you can easily judge how good a film is when you are watching the reactions of the audience members around you (it also helped that the cinema was fully booked when I went – so I knew that this was a popular film).

I kind of want to go back and watch this film, but unfortunately the nearest cinema near me is super expensive (why London??). But if you are a fan of horror, Stephen King; or just really good films than this is the film for you.

And I really think that most people will enjoy it (even if they do get scared).


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