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Stephen King’s ‘It’ is a box office hit

October 2, 2017

 

Bill Skarsgård portrays Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new adaptation of King’s novel. – Warner Bros. Pictures

Terry Pittman Jr

Staff Reporter | tgp005@latech.edu

 

Andy Mushietti’s adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel “It” is a box office hit, grossing over $116 million in its opening weekend. Reviews on the film vary depending on whether the viewer is an avid reader of the original novel or a viewer of the miniseries that premiered in 1990.

 

The story takes place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine where a dark, menacing force attempts to consume the town. The town has a long history of disappearances and strange unsolved murders. The main protagonists of the story are “The Loser’s Club,” who are a band of seven young misfits who get bullied and must face their personal fears throughout the film.

 

The film stars Jaeden Lieberther as Bill Denbrough with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles.The young cast brings comedic relief to the film, making some of the most gruesome scenes easier to pass. The film could easily switch from the horror category to a coming of age film because everyone can relate to the “Loser’s Club.”

 

A few easter eggs can be found within the film itself, with “A Nightmare On Elm Street 5” being displayed on a markee. Freddy Kruger and Pennywise have major similarities in which they both get stronger the more people are afraid of them.

 

With clown pranks breaking out throughout the United States and other major clown horror series like American Horror Story, Bill Skarsgard had a lot to live up to when reinventing the classic Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Skarsgard does not disappoint in his portrayal of the character; his voice, make up and overall persona of the character is chilling. Viewers will definitely leave the movie theatre with Pennywise’s dreadful smile imprinted into their brains.

 

The cinematography is beautiful throughout the entire film, which allows for a delicate balance of horror and comedy. The atmosphere of the film gracefully switches back and forth between a fun-filled childhood summer and frantic panic. The movie’s soundtrack also helps with this balance by having a few New Kids on the Block breakaways.

 

A few of the special effects can come off as cheesy but they also provide a modern twist that makes the film into a masterpiece. The film was a prequel to the rest of the “IT” series which follows “The Loser’s Club” into their adult lives, as well as their children. The horrific visuals of Pennywise makes viewers want to run out of the theater, while the “Losers” inspire viewers leaving them begging for more.

 

Overall the 2017 adaption of “It” stays true to the original novel and the previous mini-series. The ending leaves viewers wanting to see “The Loser’s Club” have another face off with Pennywise. It is definitely worth the watch, but not for the faint of heart.

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