It: Film Review

I’m not a massive horror fan but after hearing all the positive reviews of It and reading about its box office success, I had to check it out and I was not disappointed.

Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and his fellow friends Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophie Lillis), Stan (Wyatt Oleff), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Mike (Chosen Jacobs) are tormented by hallucinations of their worst fears thanks to shapeshifting clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) so they have to team up and defeat him.

What I loved about It was the casting – the young actors had the best chemistry, their friendship and banter seemed natural and they each had their own, well-defined personalities. It really felt reminiscent of The Goonies and Stand By Me and their group scenes were so heartwarming and funny, which was such a great contrast tonally to the horror stuff and a relief for scaredy cats like me.

Most of them were well-rounded, which is rare for horrors, and they had their own personal dramas beyond their Pennywise encounters, with Bev having an abusive dad, Bill mourning the loss of his brother, and Mike burdened with memories of a childhood fire. Not to mention they are all terrorised by bullies. Lieberher was great as the emotional centre but my favourites were Richie, who swears and makes sex jokes, and Eddie, the hypochondriac who has many allergies. They were so damn funny.

Then there is Pennywise. I haven’t seen Tim Curry‘s portrayal in years but I was impressed and it felt different enough and not an imitation. Skarsgard has a bit of a creepy look about him anyway so he was terrifying as the clown, especially when he speeds up to rush at someone or when his mouths extends to reveal rows of sharp teeth.

Some people have said it’s not scary enough but for me, it was the perfect amount and there was a great balance between comedy and horror. There were so jumpy bits and some violent, bloody moments and many times were you’re anticipating something happening.

I enjoyed this way more than expected. I highly recommend!

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