The adaption of Stephen King’s most elusive novel, “It”, has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Following the 1990 version from Tommy Lee Wallace, Director Andres Muschietti had a large set of shoes to fill. “It” combines horror with prevalent comedy to produce a pleasantly surprising crossover film, something that has yet to be done in 2017.
Opening with the famous murder of Georgie Denbrough, I was immediately shocked and entranced by the gory and cinematic undertaking of little Georgie. Pennywise’s uncanny ability to entice and frighten myself, and the rest of the audience, was certainly not lost throughout the entirety of the film. Billie, Richie, Eddie, Beverly and the rest of the “losers” club were united in unique and unsettling ways, mostly at the hands of the towns bully, Patrick Hockstetter. Almost every nightmare and close encounter the kids had with Pennywise was filled with well shot footage and full circle comedy, something you don’t find often in today’s flight of horror movies.
Without revealing any plot points or critical moments in the film, it’s safe to say that “It” had me on the edge of my seat throughout the movie’s 135 minute run time. The “losers” of Derry, Maine were able to make me laugh and cry, all without the help of Pennywise.