By: Marianna Colon
Throughout the film industry, many directors take on the challenge of remaking a famous movie. However, many of these films do not gain critical or societal acclaim.. New Line Cinema production defied these odds and struck gold with Stephen King’s IT.
This terrifying thriller is a remake of the 1990’s TV mini- series, which evolved from the Stephen King’s original novel IT . The film takes place in the small town of Derry, Maine where countless children go missing and no one knows why. When stuttering 14-year-old Bill’s, younger brother, Georgie, goes missing and is presumed dead, he and his friends go on a hunt to uncover the truth behind the mystery. Upon searching, they discover “IT,” a horrifying shape-shifting clown that feeds off the fear and phobias of children.
This movie is filled with outstanding actors, both returning and upcg, such as Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the clown, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak. Though most of the cast members are young, and new to starring on the big screen, all play their roles with confidence and authenticity.
Numerous scenes in the film are ad libbed, but were not edited out due to the amazing chemistry between the actors and the appeal it brought to the film. The actors and actresses truly portrayed the friendship that had soon grown amongst themselves within the movie, making the motion picture more natural than “acted.”
The teens proceed on a series of adventures to solve this enigma while coming into contact with Pennywise the clown. Throughout the movie, be prepared for jumps and screams at the eerie presence of the drooling, imbrued clown. Each encounter will have you on the edge of your seat as the heroic teens fight through his enticing scenarios. One of the best aspects of the movie, aside from the fear factor, is the hilarious rapport between Richie and Eddie of the film. The added humor increases the charisma of the movie and keeps you ready for more.
Overall, this is an incredible remake and even evokes a message of friendship and unity to the audience. As the children at the end of the film gather together in victory, they reminisce on all they had endured together and made e a pact to remain friends and return back home if “IT” decided to awaken once again. The actors and actresses did an impeccable job bringing the characters to life and revealing the faces and behaviors of fear. IT will have you anticipating for the next scene and inquiring what is up to come, whether you laugh or scream with fear.