RELEASED: 8th September 2017
DIRECTOR: Andy Muschietti
CAST: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott
BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $700.4m
Set in the small town of Derry, Maine, we start in October 1988, where young Georgie Denbrough sails a paper boat along the streets hear his home when it falls down a drain and encounters a clown named Pennywise that leads to a horrific and violent event. Later the following summer, his old brother Bill and his friends, Richie, Eddie, Stan, Beverly and Ben, band together to find Georgie and they must overcome their fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown.
At the time of its cinematic release, IT was a film I was really looking forward to as even though I grew up on the 1990 miniseries, personally for me outside of Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, the miniseries doesn’t really hold up nowadays. I really enjoyed Andy Muschetti’s take here on the Stephen King novel, with Benjamin Wallfisch’s heightening the unrest and simmering darkness that lurks with each scene, particularly when the Losers are separated and the tension builds as we wait for their own personal fears to appear on screen. The young cast of the Losers Club are great on screen, their chemistry together works so well and the comedic improv between Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer bring some of the biggest laughs in the film amongst all the horror elements. The biggest surprise however upon seeing this film was Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise. He puts his entire body into his performance, being menacing and almost otherworldly and you’re completely captivated by Skarsgård everytime he’s on screen. While I feel I’m in the minority in thinking IT: Chapter Two was a solid followup, IT still feels like the better film out of the two.
FAVOURITE SCENE: As much as Georgie has his encounter with Pennywise at a drain should be the obvious choice here, I have to say its The Losers Club encountering Pennywise together at Bill’s garage. Essentially its because the reactions that scene got at the cinema the few times I seen it opening weekend are still so vivid in my mind.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I’m glad I met you before you died.” – Richie Tozier
DID YOU KNOW: Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) was the first one out of all the kids to work with Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise). During their scene, Grazer would cry and gag while Skarsgård was right in his face yelling and drooling. Skarsgård was genuinely concerned for Grazer and after the scene ended, asked him if he was okay. Grazer looked right at him and said, “Love what you’re doing with the character!” Skarsgård was left confused and impressed at Grazer’s attitude, calling the child actors “little professionals.”