Film review by Steve Duffy –
“IT” is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In full disclosure, I have never read the novel or watched the 1990 “IT” mini-series starring Tim Curry, so I had nothing to compare it against.
The kids of the “Loser’s Club” all do a great job portraying a bunch of coming of age 80’s preteens.
Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise plays to every child’s worse fear. He is scary good as the freaky and sadistic clown who menaces the children of Derry, Maine.
I can promise you that there are many terrifying moments that will have you jumping out of your seat. Director Andy Muschietti draws you immediately into the terror from the very beginning with the opening that perfectly reflects the pages of King’s novel.
The film definitely feels like it was more than 135 minutes, at times, the pacing of the story moved too slowly.
For me, and even more so, after seeing this – clowns are scary!
Rating: R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language
Runtime: 135 min