Thursday, September 7, 2017

IT

IT movie poster 2017
A supernatural force that preys on children descends on the small town of Derry every 27 years. When his little brother disappears, young Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) and his friends in the Losers' Club go searching for his lost sibling during their 1989 summer vacation. Standing in the way are the school bullies and a sinister clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).

Horror and a dash of humor keep this Goonies-style chiller afloat. Make no mistake, this violent adventure is
not for kids. The teen heroes are seeking something far more dangerous than hidden treasure - and they find it. Based on Stephen King's 1986 novel, director Andy Muschietti ("Mama") delivers graphically bloody thrills, with many jump and gasp moments, amidst an emotional coming-of-age tale. The humor that breaks up the tension comes in the form of wise-cracking banter among the seven (a magnificent number) members of the Losers' Club. The young cast makes this work oh so well. Jaeden Lieberher ("The Book of Henry") takes center stage as the guilt-ridden Bill. Finn Wolfhard, known for his role as Mike Wheeler in TV's "Stranger Things", is the extremely vocal and insecure Richie. Jack Dylan Grazer is hypochondriac Eddie and Wyatt Oleff is Stan, the pressured son of a rabbi. Rounding out the seven are Jeremy Ray Taylor as the overweight and self-conscious Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, who is haunted by the fire that killed his parents, and Sophia Lillis as Beverly, the lone female member looking to break free of her abusive father. When the focus is off these youngsters, Bill Skarsgård (another son of Stellan Skarsgård) grabs the attention - adding his own signature to the demonic clown that Tim Curry became famous for in the 1990 television mini-series of the same name. Skarsgård's maniacal cartoon voice and toothsome grin are the stuff nightmares are made of. Adults are given minimal screen time, only showing up as a catalyst for the childhood emotional pain of some of the club members and at least one of the school bullies. This gives plenty of time to fully develop the kids' characters. Maybe a little too much time - the movie is over two hours. This is the first film of a planned 2-parter. The second will follow the Losers' Club members as adults, who return to Derry to face their fears. Installment number one is good enough to warrant a part two. "IT" is the clown prince of King screen adaptations. (4 CAMS)


Rated R (violence/horror, bloody images, and for language)
Running Time: 135 minutes