A faithful adaptation that will leave fans salivating for more.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Based on: the Novel of the same name from Stephen King
Writers: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman
Length: approx. 135 min
Genre: Horror/ Drama
Not even the flu could prevent me from watching my childhood trauma come to life in a new adaptation. The hype was massive, everyone was excited and yet pensively cautious – they've seen this hype before (A Nightmare on Elm Street remake) and have been let down. Director Andy Muschietti, the man who gave us Mama - which was quite good and suspenseful, had heavy
Will moviegoers be pleased? Yes. Staying quite true to the novel – for the most part, the performances, the story structure, the mood, the creepiness is all here. I wouldn't exactly say it is scary but more creepy and intriguing which is what was needed.
Henry Bowers, played to perfection by Australian actor Nicholas Hamilton, is what we all hoped the character would be – sadistic and psycho!! Anytime he appeared, it made for uncomfortable viewing but simply because of how much of a bully he is. And then there's Pennywise The Dancing Clown... What can you say but WOW!! Bill Skarsgård does the character so much justice, it's almost as close to perfection as you can get. While Tim Curry brought more of a comedic scariness to Pennywise, Bill went the opposite and was just a monster – plain and simple. Kind of reminds me of Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker, except it was more of a demonic Joker. It's a performance that will be remembered for decades to come.
And how could the music score not get a mention, it's truly amazing. Kudos to Benjamin Wallfisch for going above and beyond - it was at times full of warmth and then go directly to anxiety driven horror.
IT is an adaptation that will please fans and moviegoers alike. It stays pretty true to the novel, the performances are amazing, Pennywise is incredible to watch and the set design is remarkable. Definitely recommended. Looking forward to seeing if the sequel will stand as tall.
Written by Matthew.
'Derry is not like any town I've been in before. People die or disappear, six times the national average.'
Trivia: Bill Skarsgård had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during production.