“It” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

8 September, 2017

Director: Andy Muschietti
Screenwriters: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
Director of Photography: Chung Chung-hoon
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Bill Skarsgård

Synopsis: A band of misfits stalked by a demonic clown hiding in an underground sewage system join together to uncover the truth behind a series of disappearances.

It Review:

Setting the bar high for the contemporary remake, “It” is a ‘Stranger Things’ era adaptation made to rival every unoriginal screenplay in this year’s horror line-up. Sophisticated and faithful to the essence of its predecessor, the film challenges Tim Curry’s iconic yet overtly comedic interpretation of Pennywise with a truly sinister take on the monster hiding in the gutter, never once rejecting that which it so fondly remembers as camp thrills are miraculously re-rendered without the cheesiness of a TV two-parter. Violent in ways one might not expect, “It” imprints itself on the mind of its viewers, preying on the innocent like a shape-shifting boggart in the darkness.

A film likely to divide those with little interest in how far the story has come over its thirty year lifespan, “It” speaks to the informed over the neophyte, favouring those who value the stylistic curves of cinema as Andy Muschietti helms an adaptation that most could barely have dreamed of less than a decade ago. Featuring all of the bells and whistles that come with great filmmaking, the movie scraps the cardboard sets and hunts for a group of believable actors, producing a stylistically mesmerising thrill ride to match the creepy vibes set by its genius marketing strategy.

A suburban nightmare coiled around tangible fears, “It” sees children snatched on the streets, paralysed by terror, taken to a dank and dark hovel inhabited by evil in its purest and most unforgiving form. Reminiscent of cinema’s Elm Street days but founded entirely on the imagery set in place by the words of Stephen King and Lawrence D. Cohen, the movie offers generously to those with vivid memories, reminding movie buffs of the fears and friendships that went into the original story while upgrading the film’s horror palette to include a sympathetic cast and a succession of new and improved jump scares.


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