Movie Review on Stephen King's 2017 It
One of the most anticipated movies of the year was Stephen King's Movie It. It's based on the Stephen King book under the same title. It was released in theaters on September 8th and starred Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise and was directed by Andy Muschetti. The film was adapted by writers Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Daubermah. The film was highly praised and criticized for its negative portrayal of clowns and made over $400 million. Disclaimer this article has spoilers.
Premise & Beginning Review
The premise of the movie is about a group of bullied kids coming together when a shapeshifting demon clown begins hunting children in their town. The film takes place in Derry, Maine in the 1980's. It stars Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough he's the older brother of Georgie. Bill's sick in bed with the flu and gives his little brother Georgie a paper boat. Georgie is very excited to go out and sail this boat in the street. Bill tells him that's it's raining and to be careful. His brother hugs him, and you can instantly see the strong bond they have.When Georgie is out sailing the boat, it falls into the sewer, and he sees Pennywise. This first scene showing Pennywise is intriguing, gripping, and creepy. His interaction with Georgie is great and exceptionally portrayed by both actors. The scene where Georgie is killed by Pennywise is significantly more graphic than the mini-series. They show Georgie's arm being ripped off and him crawling away. Pennywise reaches his long arms out from the sewers and drags Georgie's body in. He screams, and his last words are Bill!
Favorite Characters Cast Portrayal
As the movie progresses, we get introduced to the other characters in the film. Each actor portraying one of the kids were exceptional. They did a great job with the realistic dialogue for the group of kids. They used adult dialogue, but it felt realistic to the way kids talk when they're around friends. Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard as Ritchie Tozier stands out the most to me. He had some great lines of hilarious dialogue, and his delivery of each line was excellent. The next actor that stood out to me was Jack Dylan Grazer who played Eddie Kaspbrak. He had some good lines and gave more layers to the character. Despite Eddie being the wimpiest kid, he also has a tough side to him. He stands up for himself, supports his friends, and fights for what he believes in.Sophia Lillis plays Beverly Marsh. Her portrayal of one the most troubled characters was great and felt realistic. She gave the appearance of a girl who was abused and forced to grow up too fast. She naturally fit in with the boys; Jaeden Lieberher as Bill did a great job. He seemed profoundly impacted by his brother's death and was great as the leader of the group.
Other Character Portrayals
Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben was great. He appeared to be a little less mature than the actor who played him in the mini-series. But I liked how he portrayed this character as the overweight outcast. Mike Hanlon played by Chosen Jacobs and even though he didn't get much screen time he did a good job. I enjoyed how he portrayed the hardships of one of the town's only black children. Lastly, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris was good as well. He was the one who didn't want to believe in Pennywise but knew it wasn't just his imagination.
One of my favorite scenes is the projector scene, and Pennywise comes through the scene in 3D. That scene was one of the best scares, and very unexpected. I enjoyed the bloodbath scene with Beverly. It was so different than the scene in the mini-series and was executed much better. There was a tender moment in the end with Bill and Georgie that put tears in my eyes. When they finally beat Pennywise together, and they have a memorable blood pact scene after. I give this film four out of five; it was a great film and I can't wait to see the sequel.