It (2017)

It (2017)


You'll float too.

Bill Skarsgård is It, a being that terrorises seven small town Maine children in this supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King's 1986 novel.... More

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, seven kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.Hide

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Setting out its stall within minutes, the child-centric first chapter of It quickly proves unafraid of inflicting gore on innocent kids and boasts a freaking terrifying Pennywise thanks to Bill Skarsgård, whose swift arrival on screen defies typical convention of building up to reveal a horrific entity. Debates will rage about whether he’ll prove as iconic as Tim Curry, whose pancake makeup was all the more effective for its banality in 1990’s otherwise sub-par mini-series, but Skarsgård’s malevolence and awkward physicality are captivatingly chilling whenever he’s onscreen - and even when his presence is merely anticipated.... More

Saving the adult adventures of The Losers Club for another day, this first chapter whips through the source material as a pacey ensemble horror. The film may not have the luxury of letting all of its elements breathe as much as they could, but never feels burdened in juggling its pre-teen protagonists’ smalltown summertime coming-of-age alongside their cat-and-mice struggle against a powerful adversary.

Horror iconography like wolf- and gill-men has been jettisoned in shifting the period setting from the 50s to the 80s, but the scare power of a dead little brother grinning about floating in the sewer or a molested girl’s bathroom sink geysering blood in menstrual metaphor remain undiminished in their effect. As does the pleasure in seeing kids being kids - swearing, boasting, stammering, and wide-eyed gawking their way through their last days of childhood.

Director Andy Muschietti has a great handle on what makes his kids tick on screen, and thankfully resists the impulse to indulge retro Stranger Things tendencies despite the odd glaring pop culture reference. His scares feel contemporary but Muschietti defies dating them through modern conventions, his added set piece scares seamlessly woven into the DNA of King's tale.

The strength of the film lies in its kids - a tough challenge for an adult-focused sequel that’s also going to be robbed of surprise factor by ditching the novel’s leaps back and forth between time periods. Still, let the filmmakers worry about that while letting this superior horror do It’s stuff.Hide

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BY Bayly lister

There are both good blockbusters and very good blockbusters.
I Think 'IT' is very well done, good blockbuster. It's not a very good blockbuster, but it's in between good and very good. I definitely recommend this movie Horror Movie, Teen Scream Night.
And For Those People that have large sense of 'Coulrophobia' DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM!.

BY PercyM superstar

A perfect combination of horror, drama and comedy; It lives up to its source material.

BY Newt superstar

"It" delivers a constant stream of uneasy scares in its lengthy runtime. Whilst a little lengthy, the movie never bores. The scare factor of "It" has been carefully crafted by a great combination of great script as well as the acting chops of Bill Skarsgard and the troupe of child actors.

it is awesome i watched it and it was so awesome i wrote it down in my awesome movies list

BY VaughanP nobody

I went into this movie not expecting much from it, just the light scare but I was pleasantly surprised (or should that be horrified). IT is a great movie, its like The Goonies with a Horror twist. Worth a see, don't over analyse it just enjoy it :-)

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The Press Reviews

  • More successful as a coming-of-age movie than a horror, It still ranks among the better Stephen King adaptations - no small praise indeed. Full Review

  • The real reason IT works is because it takes time with the kids, revelling in their colourful lingo and comradeship as much as their fears. Full Review

  • This is an ensemble smorgasbord of scariness, or maybe a portmanteau of petrification, throwing everything but the haunted kitchen-sink at the audience in the cause of freaking us out. Full Review

  • It is a solid thriller that works best when it is most involved in its adolescent heroes' non-monster-related concerns. Full Review

  • King fans will surely appreciate the clear effort and affection that went into this adaptation, even as it struggles to become more than the sum of its parts. Full Review

  • There's never a scene in IT that wants you to pause and appreciate how creepy it is; instead, those scenes serve to build tension and illuminate what the characters fear. The pacing, visuals, and score are all exquisite. Full Review

  • The film works beautifully as a straight-arrow genre piece, and a portrait of young people taking command of their own destiny. Full Review

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