IT has been one of the most talked about movies of Halloween since I can remember. Most scary movies don’t do brilliantly, mainly because they’re not really that scary or the storyline is generally not great, but IT is based on a book of the same name by Stephen King. Stephen King has a great reputation as an author with many of his books being adapted into films, so even though I had not read any of his work (yet!) I had high hopes for the film.
I thought the storyline was brilliant and I’m currently reading the book so it was interesting to see what parts the film left out and added in. Concerned about spoilers, I was pleased to see it didn’t follow the book exactly and there were some parts that were different. The story doesn’t just focus on trying to scare you, possibly because I (and probably others) aren’t as scared by books as we are in control of our own imagination, so it has to have other aspects done just as well.
Watching a film in the cinema is much scarier than at home. The music is louder, the screen is larger and you’re virtually in the pitch black. That being said, even though I jumped at every single loud noise, in the beginning, the jump scares got to be a little too frequent to the point where I stopped jumping as much. One part of the movie, which didn’t even include the clown, made me jump literally out of my seat.
As for the clown…I like clowns a bit less now. I was never scared of them in the first place, even as a kid, but Pennywise the Dancing Clown was creepy af. I do wish that it wasn’t edited to look so demon-like as I think a human-looking clown kidnapping and eating children is much scarier. The demonic twitching made it more obvious it wasn’t real which made it less scary. I did notice that the clown presented things to the children that were their biggest fears, which reminded me of the boggarts in Harry Potter.
The colours of the film were really interesting to look at, the town of Derry and costumes were generally pretty colourless and the clown was vividly colourful. This made the clown and it’s balloons stick out like a sore thumb and made it all the more obvious it wasn’t normal or supposed to be there. The Derry colours also made it obvious the town was going through a depressing time and it appeared to lack life.
The acting in IT was outstanding. All of the kids did amazing, but Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Bill Denborough (Jaeden Lieberher) and Beverly Marsh (Sophie Lillis) in particular were outstanding. Lieberher and Lillis added another layer of darkness to the story and Wolfhard was the comic relief, and his lines were absolutely incredible. Bill Skarsgard did a fantastic job as Pennywise however, I can’t imagine how much work went into the role! All I hope is that he isn’t a methodical actor…
If you have a high blood pressure, I’d recommend probably not going to see IT in cinemas and waiting till it comes out on DVD…my heart was racing for most of the film! But if you like to live on the edge, then go watch it anyway because it is brilliant.