When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise, an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
IT is here! and IT is good! The popular novel about the demonic Pennywise the clown has now finally hit the big screen after a television series starring Tim Curry. There is a very Goonies feel to It. Sure the clown is there, but the kids are the focus here as they should be. The film does a good job of introducing us to each character and what they are afraid of. They each have their own unique personality and not one character is there to outshine the others. There is enough weight behind these characters that the movie doesn’t suffer when Pennywise isn’t on screen, in fact it flourishes.
While Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) is the scene stealer, the real stars of IT are the child actors who portray the kids of the Losers Club. Jaden Lieberher is once again great as he always is. I also thought that Sophia Lillis as Betsy was a great choice. Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things is the comic relief character in IT. I thought he was great, but 90% of the comedy in this movie came from him. The film could’ve benefited from not relying completely on just his character for laughs. Bill Skarsgard is fantastic as Pennywise and is haunting enough to unsettle even the most reserved moviegoer.
I thought that the pacing in IT was a bit choppy at times not overall but occasionally. I also though the editing was distracting in one scene particular involving the screen going black in between cuts. Other than those nitpicks IT is a wonderfully crafted horror film. IT is a refreshingly different and amazing time at the movies please go see it!