Originally a novel by famous horror writer Stephen King, IT has been scaring people since its debut in 1986. The story takes place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine in the 1980’s where a group of outcasts called the “Loser’s Club”, battles Pennywise the clown which resembles every member of the clubs fears.
Now if you really know me, I despise horror movies. It’s just something about them I don’t really find enjoyable. But the 1990 mini-series of IT has always been one of my favorite storylines, and the remake makes it an even more heart-pumping, thrilling story through incredible acting, makeup, and special effects.
The two things that separated the newer version from the 90’s version was the acting and the special effects. Bill Skarsgard’s version of Pennywise is far superior to Tim Curry’s in the 90’s version because of his chilling laughs, the ability to change his voice, and a devilish smile that you won’t forget after leaving the theater. While watching, Skarsgard’s acting actually reminded me a lot of Heath Ledger’s Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight. His ability to almost lose himself in the character separates great acting from phenomenal acting.
As for the group of protagonists, the Loser’s Club, with familiar faces like Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, connects the audience with what it’s like to be in a group of outcasts when we battle their own fears with them. The other kids are phenomenal professional actors, while in the 90’s version of the movie the kids seem thrown in front of a camera and given a script.
As for the special effects, the makeup and CGI was used perfectly to capture the devilish ways of Pennywise the clown and how terrifying his true form really is.
The only thing that turns me off of the 2017 version was some bland and boring parts near the climax and how some camera angles could’ve been executed better to show effect. Other than that, 2017’s IT was a remarkable improvement with the cast’s performance leading its way to success.
Final Score: 9/10