One of the biggest hits of 2017, horror flick IT is based on the first half of bestselling writer Stephen King’s novel. The novel, also titled It , was published in 1986 and was first turned into a mini-series in 1990. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1987, and received nominations for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards that same year.
Cast: It Jaeden Lieberher , Bill Skarsgård , Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor , Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer , Jackson Robert Scott , Nicholas Hamilton.
Director: Andy Muschietti
The 2017 movie version, having the on-screen title It: Chapter One, is based on the first half of Stephen King’s novel. It revolves around unusual events that take place in a small town in Maine, called Derry. The movie starts off when Ben Denbrough gives his seven-year-old brother, Georgie, a paper sailboat. Georgie takes it out into the rain to play with the boat, but the boat falls into a drain. When Georgie follows the boat to the drain, he encounters Pennywise, The Dancing Clown. Pennywise drags Georgie into the sewers and Georgie goes missing, never to return. The events that follow depict the life of children in Derry, some of whom join together to search for Georgie. The closer they get to figuring out the truth behind Pennywise, the more dangerous their quest becomes.
As with all adaptations, people who have read the book will find some faults in the movie version. However, it is not as bad as it might have been, considering Stephen King’s books have never been straightforward or easy reading in the first place. The movie adequately tackles the feeling of tension and suspense behind the apparently picture-perfect small town. The acting, especially from the young actors, is top-notch. Bill Skarsgård is quite convincing in his portrayal of Pennywise/It … menacing enough to justify the fear, yet not your average CGI-generated brainless monster.
VERDICT: WATCH IT!
The slick cinematography, crisp editing and taut screenplay all combine to make sure the audience are scared out of their wits, but never enough to leave the cinema hall. It has made more than 371 million dollars at the international box office. The audiences at IMDB have given the movie a solid 8/10 rating, so there is no reason why the movie should not be watched.
Just a word of warning, though: the movie has a 135 minutes running time, so make sure you’ve got all the popcorn and drinks/snacks you need before you step into the cinema hall.