It : Movie Review



If 1986's "Stand By Me" (based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" from his 1982 "Different Seasons" collection) had featured an evil supernatural entity who most frequently took the form of a demonic clown, it might have looked startlingly similar to "It: Chapter One," the first in a planned two-picture adaptation of King's epic, 1,138-page, 1986 best-selling novel. This acclaimed source material has been translated to film once before courtesy of an effective 1990 ABC miniseries, highlighted by Tim Curry's shiver-inducing performance as the monstrous Pennywise. Now, as a lavishly ghastly yet crucially heartfelt Warner Bros. feature directed by Andy Muschietti (2013's "Mama") and written by Gary Dauberman (2017's "Annabelle: Creation") and Chase Palmer & Cary Joji Fukunaga (2015's "Beasts of No Nation"), the author's tome has been gifted an exceedingly worthy cinematic rendering. To predict that, in time, it may well go down as a classic of the genre strikes as neither premature nor hyperbolic.

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School's out for the kids of Derry, Maine, but in the summer of 1989 a dark shadow has cast itself over this quaint New England town. A rash of unsolved child disappearances has led to an after-dark curfew being set, and authorities are clueless as to who has taken the youngsters. For seven 13-year-old friends and classmates, the truth has gradually and terrifyingly revealed itself. Each one, in their own time, has narrowly escaped a horrific attack from a force that would seem otherworldly if not for how very real it is. The common denominator in their confrontations: a sharp-toothed clown (Bill SkarsgŚrd) from which nightmares are made. Natural leader of the so-called "Losers' Club" is Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), who has already been personally affected by this malevolent menace; eight months ago, his beloved younger brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), left home during a rainstorm to sail his paper boat and never returned.


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Author : Dustin Putman, TheFilmFile.com.