IT, A Modern Classic Horror Remake
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Andy Muschietti
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Running Time: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes
In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as ‘The Barrens’, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.
IT has released in theaters on September 8, 2017. New Line Cinema, KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment produced this anticipated Drama, Horror In association with RatPac-Dune Productions. IT did well opening weekend, grossing at over $100,000,000. Being a huge fan of the 1990 television miniseries, I had to see IT on premiere release date.
A group of young social outcasts becomes the target of an evil presence, who prey on the children of Derry. He’s a shape-sifter that can take the form of their worst nightmares. His immediate form is a clown.
The cinematography is great. The camera lighting is appropriate for all the right scenes. The high and low angles are complementary, but the angles are mainly up close and personal on the subject.
Meet the kids. Bill (portrayed by Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (portrayed by Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (portrayed by Sophia Lillis), Richie (portrayed by Finn Wolfhard), Mike (portrayed by Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (portrayed by Jack Dolan Grazer), and Stan (portrayed by Wyatt Oleff).
Each of these cast members does a superb performance for each of their roles. They are going through hard times with their families, suffering by the hands of a gang of neighborhood bullies, and battling an evil clown.
Meet the gang of bullies. Henry (portrayed by Nicholas Hamilton), Belch (portrayed by Jake Sim), Victor (portrayed by Logan Thompson), and Patrick (portrayed by Owen Teague). With the 1990 television miniseries in mind, this gang is more ruthless. What I have read so far from the novel, it takes more after it. This group of cast members really bring out these characters. They are very intimidating.
Meet Pennywise (portrayed by Bill Skarsgård). One role that, goes without saying, is a very vital role to the story and to the movie. With the announcement of who would portray the new Pennywise, a lot of feelings were bittersweet, including my own. When you grow up with your favorite childhood films, certain actors are written in cinema history as the face of such characters. For Pennywise, this actor was Tim Curry. His portrayal of the evil clown in the 1990 television miniseries was memorable, to say the least. The new actor would definitely have his work cut out for him.
All worries can be put to rest as Bill Skarsgård goes above and beyond for this character. In Muschietti’s modern adaptation, Pennywise is bigger, meaner, even more sadistic, and even more deadly. When I got a first look at the new costume and makeup of Pennywise, I withdrew. It didn’t have the same effect on me and Tim Curry’s character did. When you watch Muschietti’s IT, you will see that even those worries were put to rest, and Pennywise is very dark. Skarsgård is very intimidating.
This entire cast deserves a standing ovation.
Muschietti’s IT is highly effective. Everything about the production is different when you think of the 1990 television miniseries. This film has an R rating, which was shocking to me, given the age of the kids. The story and plot are darker. The violence is taken up a notch. Wallace’s adaptation had violence, of course, but most of it was simulated. A lot was cut out, and viewers were left to imagine and assume what was happening.
Take the early scene, for instance. When Georgie first comes in contact with Pennywise. In the 1990 adaptation, we see the clown edging close to Georgie with sinister intentions. But the scene fades out after that. All we have to go on with that scene is speculations and assumptions about what happened. Muschietti’s adaptation leaves very little to the imagination. When I first read that this adaptation was going to be rated R, I had bittersweet feelings about it. After watching the movie, I am left very satisfied.
The wardrobe and makeup selections are spot on. The main focus here is Pennywise, as his costume required way more detail than the rest of the cast. The special effects are amazing. A lot of scenes are very chilling. I compared a lot to the 1990 adaptation, and this modern production turned the intensity up, drastically. In fact, Muschietti’s production is so different, that it has become its own world. It’s very complicated to compare and contrast to the 1990 adaptation, given the film has gone through a complete makeover. The only thing that’s easily comparable is the cast.
IT accompanied by a very intense and dramatic score selection. Several creepy theatrical sounds scattered throughout at key scenes to add even more intensity and rather scary experience.
I watched IT in XD, and this cinematic experience was amazing. I sat pretty close to the screen, so I almost felt as if I was in the movie. The surround sound effects are great. It makes for an even more chilling experience with some key scenes in the film.
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