Right at the beginning you will get a sense for how this movie will be. The infamous boat scene that petrified many from the early 90s has come back in a big way. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise in the film, certainly delivers a fear simply by showing up. Pennywise doesn’t even have to talk to make my skin crawl. If you see the demented smile from Pennywise, then you better run the other way. The dancing clown’s eyes was much more prominent than I thought they would be. You can see his eyes easily in the dark and when the eyes turn to gold then IT will attack.
Tim Curry, who played Pennywise in the mini TV series, had a more humor side to the clown. This time there was fear Pennywise delivered in the film that was exceptional. It’s challenging to compare Tim Curry’s Pennywise and Skarsgard’s Pennywise, but I thought the way Skarsgard played the dancing clown was great. The smile, the way he talked, and even his presence all sent chills down my spine every single time he was on screen.
The kids did an amazing job showcasing their fear when they were confronted. IT wasn’t only a clown. This was IT’s I guess you could say default look, but IT was able to take the form of anything to scare their victims, in this instance the kids. When IT became something the kids feared, then you can feel the terror coming from the big screen. I never got bored listening to the kids talk. There is a reason why this movie is rated R and one of the reasons is because the kids do use some language, especially talking about a male appendage. So if you’re thinking about taking your kids then just be aware that here is some language they will be hearing.
I thought the way the film was shot was great overall. There was one part where the clown dances and it just looks bizarre. It took me out of the movie for a second. It was creepy, but it was just plain weird. The highlighting of Pennywise’s eyes, the darkness, and the angles of the film showing a balloon representing how close IT is.
Overall I thought the film was well done. There were moments where I jumped and I could feel my hands sweat a bit waiting for IT to show up. There are a bunch of jump scares, but I still didn’t feel like they overdid it. It was a good amount of jump scares and they all had a purpose. There was never a moment in the movie that lost my interest. You get a range of horror, adventure, and a little bit of humor all in one.
Final Score: 9/10
Have you seen IT? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise? How about the kids and their roles? Let me know in the comments!
Also, check out the trailer for IT below!
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