I was freaked out by clowns before, but now even more so... THANKS BILL SKARSGÅRD.
THANKS A BUNCH.
This was an adaptation I was incredibly excited for, but also incredibly nervous about. The film was originally brought up by Warner Bros. on March 12, 2009 with David Kajganich at the helm of it all. He soon just decided on cranking out a first draft then passing the torch. On June 7th, 2012, Cary Fukunaga boarded the project as the director and co-writer and Warner Bros. passed the film on to New Line Cinema. In 2015 he dropped the project because of differing opinions with the studio that he felt compromised his artistic vision due to budget cuts at New Line. This is when Andrés Muschietti took on the project on July 16, 2015. Now we have our final cut.
Needless to say, the process of making this film has been a long one. But the wait was well worth it… this adaptation is FANTASTIC.
If you’re unfamiliar with Stephen King’s story, IT follows a group of kids who call themselves “The Losers' Club” and their quest to take down a monster who takes the form of a clown named Pennywise. Bill Skarsgård took on the role of Pennywise, giving us a new look and feel to the terrifying clown from the Tim Curry version many of us have seen before. He did a phenomenal (and BEYOND scary) job giving the clown his own personality and bringing 150% to the role at hand. All of the kids in The Losers' Club did a fantastic job as well. Each one brought a lot of heart and personality to the movie which helps to lift it up from the sewers as more than just your average horror movie. Not too mention, they all have great senses of humor.
There's always something extra hilarious about kids swearing.
But the amount of heart and emotion in this movie was the best part. This movie had its scary moments, but overall it had a lot of emotion at its core. It’s a coming-of-age story about a group of children overcoming their fears and banding together as a group to accomplish it. It’s a wonderful story with horror aspects, which is the adaptation that it very much needed and helped to honor King’s massive original. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so enthralled in a horror movie that had a genuinely great plot at its center.
The end result is something I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m excited to see it over, and over, and over again. In fact... I'll be going now!