It is a movie adaption of a Steven King novel that does work surprisingly well I personally never understood the near common fear of clowns but in this movie, they sure know how to make him demonic.
It is the name of Pennywise the Dancing Clown played by Bill Skarsgard. This clown resides by the sewer system in the local town. Pennywise captures and possesses children and teenagers by transforming himself into their worst fear (like a boggart in the Harry Potter series) before consuming them. It is up to a team of five pre-adolescents to find a way to stop Pennywise the Dancing Clown from continuously terrorizing the city.
It the movie is but it is genuinely scary. I would have loved more scares but am I being too greedy? Who really knows because a lot of the time the movie is about the lives of the five kids in the movie and it spends a lot of time exploring the interaction with these characters and it is entertaining to watch.
What I love about the dialogue in this movie is that the accuracy of how tweens speak. The dialogue is along the lines of “Your mother” and “That’s what she said” but with more wit and vulgarity. I don’t expect any of the child actors to that quick on the trigger in real life but it did serve as comic relief. Their insults and banter were smarter than Mark Whalberg’s banter and insults in the Transformers franchise.
What is a million times scarier than Mark Whalbergs banter though are the slash scenes. Most of the time they work because they put a new spin on the old set-up and slash scenes from lesser horror movies. One of my favorites from It is the very first scene with Pennywise talking to a kid called Georgie from the drain. Georgie’s paper boat fell down the drain where Pennywise is and Pennywise tells George to put his hand out to get the paper boat from him. You know when George puts his hand in the drain something bad is going to happen to his arm, but the set-up was ingenious and the payoff was surprisingly graphic, which made the scene feel unique and terrifying.
One of the main frustrating things about It though is how they only commit halfway to Pennywise the Dancing Clowns motives and origins. The ending may be a justification as to why, but for those kinds of things, I am an all-in or nothing kind of guy. It tries to have an origin story (and I use the term loosely) that is vague, to say the least. They entertain the idea of how Pennywise lives for so long, but they don’t commit to it. Also, It does not show as to why Pennywise preys on fear. I have not read the book so I am only left with unlikely assumptions. I personally find that annoying.
Nevertheless, It is excellent in the film because all of the creative ways the Pennywise manifests into many forms of fear outweigh it’s probably going to be the highest grossing horror film of the year and if you do like It, there are recent horror films like Get Out (a horror movie that redefines the genre), Ouija Origin of Evil (A movie that was so scary, my hands shook with adreline when I walked out) and Don’t Breathe (A brillantly told horror story that is both intriguing and terrifying) that I would recommend too if you have the time if you are a casual moviegoer and you want to delve into more recent horror pictures