I’d like to start this off first by saying that I am in no way afraid of clowns – sure some look creepy, but they don’t really have an effect on me. Does this change a little bit about this movie for me? Yeah, maybe. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not 100% desensitized to horror films – certain movies that deal with posessions/demonic entities do still get under my skin (most recently Annabelle: Creation).
Finally after much anticipation, the new rendition of Stephen King’s It was released this weekend and boy is it a special package. From the moment the film starts, it oozes 1990’s Stephen King – the cinematography immediately shines, as the first shots of the bedroom set the tone. Without focusing too much on the production, I will just say that Andy Muschietti and his crew knock it out of the park – it’s filmed beautifully, the music and sound effects bring back feelings of the original and the effects have a retro feel.
But nobody is really concerned with that right? We all just wanna know how Skarsgård filled Tim Curry’s shoes, how do the kids hold up to the original cast and is the film scary…
As soon as Pennywise is introduced in the opening sewer scene, I was already sold. The makeup, his voice, his laugh, that dialogue….menacing and totally gnarly – and it only gets better as it progresses. As the film goes on and we get to see more of Pennywise, Skarsgård steals the show – even the way he moves is perfect. Now, I have never found the Pennywise character to be scary – I’ve always seen him as mix of Beetlejuice and Freddy Krueger. Yeah he steals children, but he just has that comedic flare about him. Is this version of the character going to ruin some peoples sleep for the night? Oh, without a doubt. Me? I spent a lot of time smiling and giggling – as I stated earlier, he’s totally menacing, but I find him hilarious. I found the other visuals (those of which are the fears of each of the children) to be more unnerving. The casting of the “losers” is wonderfully done, as well. The group has a great chemistry and it carries the film along. Their dialogue is laugh out loud funny, but at some points to a fault. My only real gripe about the film is that the writers made the kids say amusing stuff all the time. There are a couple moments in the film that could have gained a more emotional response from the audience if there wasn’t a kid yelling something off the wall.
On the whole – It is a brilliant entry into the horror genre and it keeps horror in its constant upswing. Solid casting, a crazy good performance by Bill Skarsgård and fluid writing make this a film to see. It’s a brutal, kick ass movie that’s truly scary – only to be heightened if you have a fear of clowns. Highly recommend.
Now, let’s just pray they nail the casting for part two.