IT returns, bringing new horror

Sevin Kacsir, Journalist

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The remake of Stephen King’s IT debuted on Sept. 8. This novel-based classic tells the story of a small town called Derry, where every 27 years an evil is released. This “evil” feeds off the fears of small children and is weakened by those who are not afraid. His first victim during one of his rampages is little Georgie Denbrough. Devastated with his best friend and little brother’s disappearance, Bill Denbrough and his friends team up to battle Pennywise and bring justice to all the missing children.

I went to the showing of the movie on Saturday, Sept. 9. I went into the theater with very low expectations, seeing as how many re-creations of both Stephen King stories and any classic novel or movie don’t turn out well. I was ready to watch a modernized version of the original movie, but when the lights went down and the opening scene started rolling, I was very pleasantly surprised.

The actors who were chosen for each individual role were perfect, and I couldn’t imagine any other actor or actress filling their spot. The people in charge of the casting made excellent decisions on their part. I very much appreciate how they chose unknown actors; it gave me a sense of immersion because I was seeing kids I didn’t know fill these roles, so it felt more like an actual story rather than people acting out one. The actors were all wonderful with how they manipulated their characters. The characterization, I felt, was amazing. All the actors did their jobs beautifully and truly became and evolved with their characters. The new Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard, gave the viewers something to really fear. Not only did the makeup artist create something terrifying, Skarsgard pushed it to the next level and became equally as terrifying as his makeup. He had big shoes to fill after the phenomenal job the original Pennywise, Tim Curry, did; but he took expectations and shot them through the roof.

The plot of the movie was easy to follow but also had some in-depth details that more detail-oriented eyes would catch, but didn’t change the storyline if not caught. The horror in the film was not like usual horror movies. This movie uses the element of surprise rather than suspension to get your toes clenched. While suspension wasn’t the movie’s biggest form of terror, there were some very suspenseful moments that had you on the edge of your seat with either tears in your eyes or your heart leaping out of your chest.

I wasn’t expecting the movie to follow the storyline of the novel or the original movie, so I was not disappointed when my expectations proved true. While the story was a little different to the references, it was still a phenomenal story. I felt nearly every emotion throughout the two-and-a-half-hour experience. Director Andy Muschietti was absolutely brilliant with how he handled everything.

All in all, I can’t think of any complaints about the film in general. If you’re on the fence about going to see the film, I highly recommend you do.

I give it 5 stars.


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