Remake after remake, reboot after reboot, it is good to see that not all of them are quick cash grabs. IT (2017) is a truly unsettling movie. And for it being one of the darkest films, it shines brighter than most in recent memory.
IT 2017 Movie Review – Hot Air or Real Scares that make this Movie Float?
Ever since the trailer was first released, the hype for IT was massive. And as the release date came closer, the hype grew more and more. Taking a much darker tone than the original, and focusing mainly on the children’s story, IT held almost nothing back. Except for a certain scene from the book, but I’m not complaining.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Let us start with the most talked about part of the film since the trailer, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Bill Skarsgård is terrifying, creepy, and incredibly unsettling. From the opening scene, drooling while coaxing Georgie, all the way to the finale. Tim Curry will continue to hold a place in all our hearts, and fears as the original and funny Pennywise. But Skarsgård takes the character to all new heights. No spoilers, but there is a scene where Pennywise contorts his body in a bone-breaking manner out of a refrigerator and it is a chilling scene. This is not the clown most of us grew up with.
Next, we have our protagonists. The cast for this film is outstanding. And it also takes its time to set up most of the characters. Key standouts are Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), and Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier). Finn delivers some of the movies best lines in banter with Jack Grazers Eddie Kaspbrak. All of the young actors do a phenomenal job. Whether running from the evil clown or just being kids, the acting is outstanding. One that will go underappreciated is Jackson Scott, the kid who plays Georgie. He has some pretty tense, bone-chilling scenes.
Finally, the scares. One of the best things about the IT movies is its non-reliance on jump scares. I’m not saying there are none, this is a horror movie after all. These aren’t gimmicky, lazy, or pointless jumps though, they’re genuinely scary. The atmosphere, the visuals, and of course, that damn clown. The blend of special effects and practical are almost seamless. Again, no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it, but the slideshow scene is one of the best. And there are scares other than the ones brought on by Pennywise. Henry Bowers, played by Nicholas Hamilton, and his goons are a tense presence when on screen. They bring nothing but trouble when involved.
Overall, this movie was fantastic. The opening scene sets the tone for a horrifying thrill ride like none other. It’s hard to make a good movie, and it’s hard to make a genuinely scary movie. But to make a good scary movie? Incredible. IT is one of the best, if not the best horror movie I’ve seen in years. If you haven’t seen it yet for some reason, go see it so you can float too. All of the clowns have gone so you should be safe.