Horror Flick “It”: Meh

Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Finn Wolfhard in

Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Finn Wolfhard in "It." | Warner Bros.

Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Finn Wolfhard in "It." | Warner Bros.

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Published in 1986, “IT” has been on the New York Times Bestselling list.

Stephen King’s novel IT, which was published in 1986 and adapted into a miniseries in 1990, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace where Tim Curry played Pennywise. 27 years later, a readaptation of the movie premiered on Sept. 8, 2017, directed by Andy Muschietti.

Seven young outcasts in a small town located in Derry, Maine, are about to face their fears and must overcome them whilst searching for their friend’s brother, Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) who went missing in 1960. They work together to defeat the evil shape shifter that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to take children.

IT, better known as Pennywise, starts off with an eerie opening scene of Georgie and Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) creating a paper boat that will soon lead to one of the brothers getting lured into the sewer.

The lighting, cinematography, and atmosphere of IT was impressive with slick and subtle camera movements.

It, as known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), starts off as a friendly clown who randomly lives in a sewer no, that’s not weird at all — and can instantly transform into a terrifying villain with one stare.

This traumatic event leads to one of the main characters, Bill, obsessed with finding his brother.

The official Loser Squad in the town consists of Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff). They are later joined by three more pre teens who are Beverly (Sophia Lillis), home schooled Mike (Chosen Jacobs),  and the new kid, Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor).

Summer is the definition of stress free, hanging out with friends, and eating as much ice cream as one wants. However, for these seven friends, the worst of all is about to happen “when your friend punches you, makes you walk through shitty water, drags you through a crack house, and now you have to kill a clown,” said Richie.

Everyone in the theater who was watching IT loved Richie and Eddie. Richie, the young and blunt pre teen who swears and makes funny comments. Eddie, who is delicate and a germaphobe is cautious about everything he gets into. These two friends are the funniest, as they get into arguments and conversations that are relatable to the audience.

The performances from everyone in the cast was astounding. The chemistry the cast members had with each other was shown through the screen, and one could tell they were all good friends in real life.

Although Muschietti was thorough with the plot of IT, character development should have been improved. It was underdeveloped and IT mainly focused on Richie, Eddie, and Beverly. It felt like the four other friends and the bully, Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) were as if they were stand ins instead of being one of the main characters in the movie.

The most important character in IT was Pennywise. He also was underdeveloped, and after the movie, it felt detached from who the villain was and why he was feeding into children’s fears. However, Skarsgard performed Pennywise perfectly. He gave the audience the creepiness they wanted and put justice into the thrilling clown.

IT was all down creepy, but it’s trial to execute horror could have gone better. The overuse of computer graphics to make the clown scary only made the horror scenes look funny instead. The computer graphics removed any sense of tension and fear that built up in ongoing scenes of IT.

There was comical relief in the movie, but it felt as if there were too many that there was no tension in the movie at all. Although the jumpscares were still there to balance the comic relief and CGs out, it only happened in some scenes when it was closer to the end of the movie.

Overall, IT executed well on the relationships between each characters and the focus of what the villain was doing, but that was only the surface of the characters and the plot there were no backstories into each character individually. In the end, IT could have been more tense and creepy. However, trying to put 1,138 pages of King’s novel into a two hour and 15 min. film is tough, and Muschietti put the main scenes from the novel into the movie fairly well.

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