Cinemaster Score: 9/10
It (2017) is an amazing movie all around. Each and every aspect of this film is awe-inspiring. Those cast for the movie are young stars, full of talent. They have an on-screen chemistry that can be felt in each their characters’ exchanges in dialogue. Speaking of the dialogue, it contains highly memorable lines – especially those from Pennywise. Beyond the realistic and interesting main cast, there personal antagonists are haunting to watch. The story itself does a great job in rebooting the novel-inspired tale in a more unique form as only part one. It (2017) is a fantastically fun ride of a film. From the very beginning to when the credits roll, it’s clear why this is the highest grossing horror movie of all time, and there won’t likely be anything to match it for years to come.
Acting; It (2017) has a combination of both very youthful and very gifted cast members. Each actor manages to fully embody their characters from the novel. Most notably are Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher as Richie Tozier and Bill Denbrough, respectively. Wolfhard executes on his comedic lines and emotional scenes with the same great level of acting. Denbrough, however, had mostly emotional and heroic moments – all of which he perfects. Although, the cast cannot be mentioned without its two antagonists. First, there’s Nicholas Hamilton who plays Henry Bowers with such a devious manner – he’s nearly as frightening as Pennywise himself. The only reason he isn’t an equal match is the even more impressive showing from Bill Skarsgård. Skarsgård plays Pennywise as the first to portray him since Tim Curry and makes the character his own in all the best ways. The entire cast is really impressive and – in consideration of their youth – will be hard to top.
Script; As will be mentioned in this review, the characters in It (2017) are what makes it so great. But without a strong script, their contributions are meaningless. Thankfully, It (2017) is one of the best written horror films out there, putting strong character moments at the forefront without sacrificing horror. Not only are the Losers Club members well-written and rounded, but their arch rival Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is too. His lines are some of the most memorable in the film, and he is never cliché in his purpose. Supporting characters, as well, are given meaningful dialogue that only enhances the quality of the film. Altogether, a very strong script is what ties all these characters together, and makes It (2017) the special film that it is.
Characters; The iconic Losers Club group is easy to remember for one simple reason – they are all excellent characters. Said characters include Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Stanley Uris. While some are more fleshed out than others, they are all pitch perfect when they’re on screen together. Thanks to the clever banter and heartfelt camaraderie they provide throughout the film, it’s easy for the viewer to become attached to them. So in those moments of fear or suspense, we always feel something for these characters. The emotional bonds we form with them is part of what makes It (2017) so good in the first place. Because of them the film is all the better.
Direction; Directing It (2017) is Andy Muschietti. Muschietti is surprisingly successful despite his inexperience in film thus far. It (2017) was only his second directed flick and it doesn’t show in the slightest. Somehow, Muschietti brings each element used by Stephen King in his novel to life – making it all the more interesting to witness on screen. The balance between comedy and horror is an extraordinary blend. His style of high tension and surreal visuals are used well as to modernize the tale in its new film rendition. From the way he brings it all together to the use of his own horror stylings, Andy Muschietti was definitely the right choice to head It (2017).
Story; In 1986, there was the book written by horror legend Stephen King. In 1990, there was the cult classic miniseries. In 2017, though, it was time to retell the old story. Rather than telling it like the novel did – cutting back and forth between past and present – this time It is told more conventionally. It (2017) specifically follows the past, with IT Chapter Two making up the present. It (2017) follows a group of teenagers being tormented by the evil clown, Pennywise. The plot is equal parts funny, scary, and dramatic – making for an excellent modern adaptation. The film is also sort of an odd coming of age flick. Even though it may seem like the plot is balancing a lot, everything works together in great fashion – deeming It (2017) an amazing movie.
Enjoyment; When watching It (2017), it’s difficult to find a dull moment at any point in the film. Because of the great cast of Losers and the strong performance from Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, they give us some truly entertaining scenes. The humor, while not always funny is still much appreciated for the levity it brings to this dark film. It is surprisingly well balanced with the amount of horror It (2017) induces on the audience. That balance combined with this great cast of characters is what makes It (2017) so much fun to watch. From the small character moments to the big set piece scares, It (2017) never lets up on giving you a good time.
David: “It (2017) is the most entertaining theater experience I’ve ever had during a horror movie. The movie was such an event to see and lived up to all the hype. I loved the realistic energy it had despite being so supernatural. The comedy and building of tension all worked for me. I’ve rewatched It (2017) multiple time since then and it’s just as awesome. If you haven’t seen It (2017), you definitely should.”
JP: “As a personal fan of the iconic miniseries and book this film is adapting, I was excited to see what a modern spin on the Losers and Pennywise would look like. To my satisfaction, Andy Muschietti delivered me a great movie filled with exhilarating moments. It takes what works so well about Stephen King’s work, and applies it seamlessly on-screen to great effect.”