I wasn’t looking forward to the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel IT, expecting to choke on saccharine, and still feeling full of a similar vibe from binging on STRANGER THINGS. What a terrific surprise. IT is top-notch horror, one of the best adaptations of King’s work.
In the town of Derry, children go missing every 27 years. An enterprising group of kids band together to save themselves and each other from “it,” a creature that appears in the guise of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Pennywise enjoys feeding on their terror, plaguing them with horrific visions, as if seasoning them before doing some very real eating. To fight back, the children must stick together and face their worst fears.
The horror element is powerful, the acting and pacing are terrific, it’s more sweet than saccharine, and the portrayal of Pennywise in particular is incredible.
So yeah, it was terrific, and I’m looking forward to the second movie.