BY JENNIFER CELEST —
While I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the proverbial child-based horror story, it should be noted that the “IT” —a remake of the 1990 film based on Stephen King’s 1986 award-winning novel—in many ways does the original justice.
With a modern spin on the spine-tingling killer clown Penny Wise, as well as a group of potty-mouthed, socially-outcast children who wind up saving the day (or maybe not), the 2017 version of” IT” is a “re-awakening” for Stephen King’s classic.
It doesn’t take much to absolutely fall in love with the members of The Loser’s Club and root for their survival. And because this version of the film takes place in the 1980s instead of King’s original 1950s setting, we are able to sympathize more with the time and era while being able to plug into a world much different than our own.
The children’s witty, strong-willed personalities make for a great viewing experience where the viewer not only becomes a part of the Loser’s Club, but finds a bit of themselves within each character, or within each of their fears. Those fears may seem somewhat irrational, but they allow you to step into their shoes a bit deeper until you’re so personally invested with each of the children, you hope for nothing but their survival. Along with tales of child molestation, bullying, slut-shaming, body-shaming, and racism, it is a modern and universal retelling of a classic story that will surely live on longer than the cynical Penny Wise.
Although the movie is a bit lengthy—spanning at 2 hours and 15 minutes—its jump-scares, hilarious character interaction paired with the children’s often funny irrational fears (a portrait, a headless corpse, germs in the form of a leper, meat) and dynamic digital effects call for an emotionally stimulating cinematic experience that is well worth the $12 and over-prices stale popcorn from AMC theaters.
My overall rating: 9.2 out of 10.