by Lola Hemmat
★★★★☆ Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Drama
A boy kneels down by the side of a gutter, trying to retrieve the paper boat his brother made for him. As he is leaning in to find the boat, the boy jumps backwards, recoiling from the figure inside the sewer. Standing in the sewer is a clown with bright yellow eyes. “Hi there, Georgie,” the clown says in a goofy tone, “What a nice boat.” IT was truly one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. All of the characters had strong personalities that made you immediately pick out who you loved and who you hated. The movie was well-written, with just the right amount of frightening moments that make you want to look away from the screen and still stare at it in awe.
IT is being separated into several movies, meaning all of the stories from the 1093-page book will get their moment in the spotlight. In Chapter One of IT (the first IT film), the movie focuses on a group of kids living in the town of Derry, Maine. After the disappearance of one of the main character’s siblings, a group of young friends start to notice disturbing things happening in the town. In the search for answers to the town's many disappearances, the group of friends discover Pennywise, The Dancing Clown. Pennywise is the definition of terrifying, and he is portrayed excellently by Bill Scarsgård, the twenty-seven year old actor, born in Vällingby, Sweden.
I know you must be thinking that the movie sounds good, but there are child actors involved. Usually child actors are known for being, well… bad. That’s not the case in IT, all of the child actors did an incredible job depicting the great characters created by Stephen King, one of the leading roles was played by Finn Wolfhard, who is known for his role of Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things.
Quick! Imagine your greatest fear. Maybe it’s giant spiders, poltergeists, marionettes, or maybe even clowns, what if that thing started to show up everywhere? Wherever you go, it’s there. That is what happens to the kids of Derry, all of their biggest fears, become real.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of intense horror, this might not be the movie for you. But it’s not all blood and gore. In between the blood curdling horror, there are lots of meaningful moments, witty banter, and even a tiny bit of romantic fun between the lovable protagonists.
*Remember: If you are under seventeen you must watch this film with an adult, or an adult's permission, because it is rated R.