Movie Review: “It”

Movie Review: It

A new version of the horror classic “It” has taken the world by storm. “It” has already broken several records, including having the biggest opening weekend for a September release and also having the biggest opening weekend for a horror movie. After seeing the movie, it makes sense as to why it has seen so much success in such a short amount of time.

“It” takes place in the 1980s in the small town of Derry. The film follows the lives of seven children as Pennywise the Clown terrorizes them. Throughout the movie, each of the children have their own experiences with Pennywise. Once they realize they’ve all encountered the clown, they decide to take matters into their own hands.

There are many great aspects of this movie, but the most important and strongest part of the movie are the children’s acting skills. Of course, the movie revolved around them and their problems with Pennywise, so kids with amazing acting skills were a must. But these children went above and beyond expectations. Chances are, this won’t be the last movie viewers see these children in.

Not only were these children good in the scenes full of tension and suspense, they were good in scenes that served as comedic relief. Usually, scenes or lines for comedic relief can fall flat, especially in horror films. But it worked in this movie.

The young characters were supposed to be about 12 years old, which would mean that they probably weren’t able to wrap their heads around the severity of this situation. This causes a lot of their reactions to be nervous and sarcastic. Plus, they’re a group of friends that like to joke around with each other. They like to throw jabs at one another throughout the movie and it makes for a great dichotomy between humor and horror.

Bill Skarsgård did a great job as Pennywise. He played the role differently than Tim Curry did in the original, but the way Skarsgård played the character matched the tone of this version.

Overall, the “It” remake was very good. The acting was great. The storyline never seemed to get lost. “It” was also incredibly written. Of course, there were a few moments that caused some awkwardness and they could’ve easily been cut. But those moments weren’t large enough to take away from the success that “It” was.