I am not a fan of classic film remakes because they generally ruin the story with their corny and tasteless style, however It (2017) is an acceptation. The film stayed true to the source material while also leaving a unique and clever fingerprint. I really enjoyed this movie and I would recommend seeing it if you like horror movies.
Bill Skarsgard = Pennywise
Jaeden Leiberher = Bill Denbrough
Finn Wolfhard = Richie Tozier
Sophia Lillis = Beverly Marsh
Jack Dylan Grazer = Eddie Kaspbrak
- The Cast
The story centers around a group of teenagers nicknamed “The Loser’s.” They are pretty nerdy, and they all stick together as friends to help avoid the neighborhood bullies. Their lives take a turn when they encounter the ultimate bully, Pennywise. All of their performances were genuine and hilarious. They made me laugh way more than I expected to laugh in a horror movie.
I especially loved Eddie and Pennywise’s performances. All of the kids are afraid of something different, and Pennywise feeds off of their fear. Eddie is afraid of germs and illnesses, and Pennywise uses this to freak him out in some pretty bizarre and funny ways. (Pennywise vomits all over him, lol).
Bill Skarsgard stole the show though. His portrayal of the nightmare clown was incredible and he had me spooked. Pennywise had this deathly stare and creepy smile that just made me want to punch him in his red nose.
Before filming, Director Andy Muschietti purposefully isolated Bill Skarsgard from the rest of the cast. The first scene the children had with Pennywise was also their first time seeing him on set. That scene was one of the craziest parts of the story and it seemed to me like the kids were especially scared.
I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t as scared as I thought I was going to be. The advertising for this film was great, but I think they revealed too much in the trailers. Since I had seen both trailers before my viewing, I had a general idea of when certain jump scares would be. Part of it is my fault for watching the trailer, but most of the blame is for the advertising. They revealed too much of the film before its release.
I genuinely enjoyed this film a lot and it comes at no surprise that it did very well at the box office. I recommend seeing this film with a group of friends if you enjoy a good scare.