We took ourselves to the closest screen possible to bare witness to one of the years most anticipated flicks yet.
Seven young outcasts known as the LOSERS 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.
With the focus set firmly on the childhood portion of Stephen King’s classic book we meet the merry band of seven as the try to overcome the hardship of kidulthood in the late 1980’s.
Waxing a paper boat for his yellow coated brother George (unaware of his soon to be fate) we meet Bill the stuttering leader who bands his sidekick friends together a year after the mysterious disappearance of his brother while not letting go of his hopes that he is still alive. Aware that something sinister is upon them, they delve deeper into the towns history and (obvs) uncover the sinister plot of: IT.
Straight off the bat we are thrown into the viscous relentless world of the dancing clown, in a quite shocking opening (you may hear that word being muttered a lot from cinemagoers) – we are met with an array of visuals that planted us firmly in our seats and let us know what type of movie we were in for.
IT is a gorgeous looking movie that is led by some tremendous steady cam shots that echoes the likes of Roger Deakins, with a sleek feel in parts and bright tremendous cries – these are soon banished when we find ourselves in the cold dark layers of ITs humble abode.
Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise The Dancing Clown, and by jesus does he play him. In the standout performance, the young actor throws himself at the popular character in ways that reminds us of Ledger’s attitude towards The Joker. Obviously we are not to compare the two, but after thinking long and hard – the two characters mimicked one another in their total animalistic ways.
Skarsgård is truly terrifying and the direction took toward the character is incredibly haunting at times. Set to few jump scares, which in turn work well – it is more the characters acts and expressions that cut deep in the screening. Very powerful and up there with the best!
Although Skarsgård may be the title character, it is our young adolescences that take center stage, relatively new expect for young Finn Wolfhand of Strange Things (who steals scenes) these losers are top of their class, and that is thanks to some great humor in the writing. They act like kids and how kids would joke which was a breath of fresh air – and when the horror hit, they really hit back.
One or two gripes we may have is some of the pacing. At times it was a little off and the tension ceased to a holt, yes we understand it is needed but at times we wanted more from the sadistic clown and less of the chitchat.
That being said, IT is one of the years best and another horror that is worth your attention. The layers of horror in the lives of our characters are at times shown to be consciously grim but we felt that they were dealt with in a respectful manner. More of a wince away from the screen (and delve into it with friends) than that of an OMG! I need to tweet about it in anger.
We implore you to experience IT with a big box of popcorn and some of your closest friends (the more scared of clowns the better).
3.5/5 from us.