NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
By Mary Cox and Chris Dugopolski
“It” is not a movie for the faint of heart. As any fan of the Stephen King novel knows, if the movie stays true to the book, it will be packed with horror, some gore and a strange narrative. Also, it will contain some very interesting characters. This movie does not disappoint. There is continuous action. The acting is excellent, beautiful photography and a perfect musical score. If you suffer from coulrophobia or the fear of clowns, this is definitely not the movie for you.
In the town of Derry, Maine, a group of seven teen-agers band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, appears to each of them.
Jaeden Lieberher plays Bill. Jeremy Ray Taylor is Ben. Sophia Lillis is the only girl in the group of seven who plays Beverly. Finn Wolfhard is Richie. Chosen Jacobs plays Mike. Jack Dylan Grazer is Eddie and Wyatt Oleff is Stanley. Nicholas Hamilton plays Henry is the ringleader of the group of older boys who bully the seven friends. Bill Skarsgard is the Clown, Pennywise.
All the kids in the movie do a fantastic job. The acting is very real and luckily there are some comic relief moments. The girl who plays Beverly is someone to watch. She is very likeable and extremely pretty.
The screenplay for “IT” was scribed by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman who did the uncredited production rewrites on both “Final Destination 5” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. “IT” is based on the book “IT” by Stephen King. The film was directed by Andy Muschietti.
From the opening scene, the music by Golden Globe winner Benjamin Walfisch was spot on. It set the mood throughout the movie and added to the suspense.
The make-up team did an outstanding job. The clown and the other monsters were so scary that I expect the make-up team to be nominated for an Academy Award.
“IT” is the first of Mr. King’s novels showcasing Derry, Maine, a thinly disguised Bangor, Maine. The location of the movie looks a lot like Bangor.
This is not a movie for everyone for it really is scary and could give people nightmares, but isn’t that why someone goes to a movie based on a Stephen King book. Do not take your children. This is not a movie for kids.
From the very beginning, there is one heart stopping moment after another. There are no slow parts to this movie. It is almost a relief when it is all over. Pennywise is just about as creepy as a clown can get. At the end of the movie, the audience applauded. It was obvious that this was a horror film that the audience approved of.
“IT” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, The Jerseyville Stadium Theater and Granite City Cinema.