Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer
Duration: 2 hours 15 min
Thirty one long years ago, Stephen King published his novel ‘It’ never thinking that years down the line, it will be one of the feared and best horror work witnessed in a long time. Hollywood revisits the old classic and presents us with a movie with the same twisted, evil and horror elements intact.
Coulrophobia- the fear of clowns is a strange yet commonly found phobia. Some have it or some might acquire it after watching the film. The story, set in the backdrop of Derry, a small town in Maine is about a bunch of school kids labelled as ‘The Losers’ Club’, who encounter some spooky incidents which makes them aware about the presence of a murderous supernatural entity. The hide and seek game continues until they finally come face-to-face with the dreary spirit which is none other than a scary clown, who returns every 27 years to exploit on children’s fears. The kids, with their share of fears, bullying troubles and overbearing parents become the target of It who grimly haunts them.
The extremely popular scene of the paper boat swiftly floating towards an old sewer, little Georgie chasing it and a mysterious cloud popping up from the drainage and the eerie dialogue between the two serves as the beginning of the film. Not only the scene sends shivers down our spine but the dialogues like ‘I am the Pennywise dancing clown’ and ‘You’ll float too’ set up the mood for the film. The film does a great job of maintaining anticipation that anything dreadful can happen to any of the kids.
The plot, midway falls on loose tracks and it is unclear why the monster or ‘IT’ targets only seven kids or why does it appear randomly every 27 years. As for the acting, kudos to the talented bunch of kids do a great job and Jaeden Lieberher who does justice to his creepy role. The effortless acting makes up for the few plot-holes the film witnesses.
The quaint American culture, costumes, craftsman houses makes it very evitable that the setting is of some American town. As far as the look of the clown is concerned, the grotesque appearance with hypnotic eyes, red evil grin, strange mannerism, everything captures the evilness perfectly. The cinematography with a balance of long and medium shots as well as the visual effects along with the apt musical score in the background gave brownie points to the movie. Lastly, the red balloon becomes the ultimate essence of fears and horror combined. Love horror- Watch It! Fear horror- yet don’t ignore It!