IT: The Scariest Movie in the Past Decade?

Breaking the “Reboot” curse

“IT”  makes a very compelling argument for being the scariest movie in the past decade; with the scares, pure tension, and even balances itself with great moments that will bring you back to your childhood. The movie breaks the “Reboot” curse in that it separates itself from the 90s mini series and stamps itself as the version of the book to watch. This movie is also surprisingly heartwarming, filled with a emotion, and really funny; with young child love and the blunt humor we all had, it reminds you of the pure fun you had as a child. If you watch for an outright scare fest, you will be disappointed, because it is so much more than that horror. Make no mistake, the movie is scary, but it takes time with it’s characters, develops them and makes you care about them; something every movie should do, but some don’t. The only gripe I had on the movie was pacing; you’d be in one place and then it’d switch to a completely different place. Oh, and Bill Skarsgård is everything you’d think as Pennywise, absolutely terrifying.

The child actors steal the movie

Usually, with child actors, they put in the weakest performance out of the entire cast. This wouldn’t work in this particular movie, because the entire movie hinges off them, but they put in the strongest performance, and it’s what might propel some into future movies, and spark their careers.  The standouts in this movie were Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Beverley Marsh (Sophia Lillis), and Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer). These children stole the show with humor and emotion, my favorite out of the bunch is being Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), maybe that’s because I felt like he represented me as a kid, and you’ll see that in the movie. Each kid kind of appeals to other people’s sense of their childhood. I had a couple friends who I saw the movie with, and they each appealed to different kids. You can  tell that a movie is a good, if it hits you on emotional level like that. If you see the movie, pay attention to that.

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise: The Dancing Clown

Bill Skarsgård brings it as Pennywise, and he doesn’t hold back. From the first scene he is in, which is almost page to page from the book, it lets you know what he is. He hates children, that’s about as blunt as I could put it, and almost doesn’t do it justice. Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise (from the 90s mini series) was almost a very straight to the point pedophile, who enjoyed messing with kids. I say mess and not torture, because Bill Skarsgård’s take, tortures these kids. It’s physiological, and really disturbing at times. I can tell you right now, I will never go to sewer drain or eat popcorn again. (reference to the movie, watch it!)

Final Verdict

    Guy’s, go see this movie. I highly recommend it, the actors are great. The character development is spot on, and make sure to go into this movie with a clear mind; don’t go in expecting a scarefest, you will be disappointed. Bill Skarsgård is brilliant as Pennywise, and he will scare you. The only problem I’d say with the movie is pacing, but the rest of the movie makes up for it in an amazing story with wonderful child actors. In saying that, I will say that the movie “IT” gets 4.5 stars out of 5.

 

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