Not clowning around

Classic remake of the horror movie “It” proves to be a hit

Story by Victoria Van, entertainment editor

Austere balloons linger behind your shadow waiting for you. An inconspicuous figure follows you into the depths of your nightmares. Stephen King’s iconic bestseller “It” meets expectations of devoted fans through its brilliant cinematography and captivating storyline.

Popularity with audiences and anticipation from the movie “It” proved to be successful as IMDB’s rating is an impressive 8.1/10 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86%. The modern horror movie surpassed $198.5 million in box office sales for the month of September, smashing records and ascending toward more. Most of the film’s success comes from fans of the original book, anticipating a well constructed film with of course director, Andrés Muschietti, delivered more than we ever could imagine.

During the beginning of the movie, I was keeping note of all the similarities between the 1990 movie and this one. I truly believe Bill Skarsgard’s acting as the evil clown “It” contributed to my love of the movie because of his top notch acting skills. Being able to act as an insane clown is a feat not many have the luxury of harboring in chaotic Hollywood.

The film begins in the modest town of Derry, Maine where every 27 years, murders of mainly children occur. A misfit group of children begin experiencing the taunting of the macabre, evil clown they deem as “It.” When their phobias become real life scenarios, the kids come together to find the clown while trying to maintain their sanity in family life.

For each individual character, they have childhood trauma surrounding the monster. For one boy named Georgie, his arm gets devoured by It, leaving the child to die in the sewer. The graphic scene of Georgie and visualizing the blood stayed true to the book and kept the audience paying close attention.

I’ve never been one to be sensitive to seeing bodily fluids but seeing a child trying to crawl away from a clown who just bit off his arm is a bit much for the first five minutes of the movie; however, I was absolutely astonished, and it kept my eyes glued to the screen while my jaw unhinged to the floor.

Since the film’s Rated R, coarse language and scenes of gore litter the movie and mature audiences were engaged by the relatability of children using curse words to vent feelings. Seeing the clown morph into a flesh-eating maniac who manifests into your deepest-rooted fear contributes greatly to the satisfaction of the audience to create a stunning movie.

Stephen King’s vision came full circle with an impeccable plot line and enthralling young actors who made each character come to life. My love for the movie will continue until the sequel comes and I’m further entranced toward a film that I thoroughly enjoyed altogether. The endless array of creativity would keep any angsty teenager at bay even for a few hours to just sit back and go through the emotional rollercoaster of It.


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