Stephen King's New Film is a Massive Hit

Film Review IT
Filmmaking siblings bring Stephen King's horror classic 'It' to life

14 September, 2017

"It" is not primarily about a monster but about growing up, about how even if you can evade the demons of childhood-supernatural or otherwise-adulthood, as one boy realizes early in the novel, will get you in the end.

The reason this movie pulled in an estimated $179.2 million - the largest opening ever for a horror title in its opening weekend - can be attributed to its ability to seamlessly combine horror and humor.

In "It" a group of kids, known as the Losers Club, band together to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of kids in Derry, Maine. Not only was in clown makeup - while wearing his normal civilian clothes, of course - but he had a certain facial talent he picked up from his older brother that created one of Pennywise's creepier features in the film. However, even though Skarsgard played the role of the evil clown in "It", many viewers found him to be a hot and sexy clown. Making for a smooth adaptation of an otherwise tricky novel, "It" succeeds on multiple levels. "I saw the miniseries and then stayed away from it as much as possible because I knew that we weren't doing that again". This is one of the trickiest novels to adapt, but somehow this film does it nearly immaculately. That would be a 55% week-to-week drop for "It", a solid hold for a big horror film.

Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in NY, says a large part of the fear comes from a phenomenon known as the "uncanny valley". The jump scares at a certain point become nearly expected, and while they do provide the required chills, pale in comparison to how the film truly comes to life as we sympathize with the kids and the conflicts they face. "If the second movie happens, I really want to recover the dialogue between the two timelines that the book had.' In King's 1,138-page tome, the timelines - of the Losers" Club as kids in 1957 and when they return to Derry as adults in 1985 - are intertwined throughout the narrative. The themes of "in unity there is strength", and how no one is left behind, resonate because we all have invested emotionally in each character's backstory, appreciating why they have ended up as confederates. Not a single character is overlooked, giving "It" the upper hand in the horror movie category. "Obviously I'm much younger and different and a different person and actor than Tim Curry".

The movie is out in the USA from 15 October. "It" shows us the things that will shake us for a brief moment at most, only to bring it back twice as terrifying later on. While "It" has its share of both, it manages to carve its own path, presenting a host of genuinely frightening, squirmy, dismaying horror sequences: you may never look at Easter eggs or measuring tape the same way.

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