Kyle Says IT Is Haunting, Terrifying, and Full of Heart

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FILM REVIEW: IT

BY KYLE ARANGO

 

“IT” is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Jaden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. “IT” tells the story of a group of bullied kids who come together when a monster, appearing as a clown, starts haunting and hunting young children, including themselves. This film is based on the popular Stephen King novel, and is an adaptation of the original work. Now I’ll start off by saying that I am not a fan of horror movies, they usually are either redundant, dumb, or just too scary for me, in my opinion. However, recently I have come around and enjoyed some horror films such as “Split” and “Get Out”. The question is, could “IT” reach the heights that those two films could, and could it convince a horror hater like me too come around on the genre? The answer is Yes! This movie is absolutely fantastic.

“IT” had very high expectations going into its release. The trailers broke YouTube records and were terrifying. Clowns are a hot commodity now and people are now more afraid of them than ever. “IT” met its expectations, and went above it. This is not just a horror film, it is also a coming-of-age film about facing your deepest fears. This film sets out to be scary, and it achieves that by also mixing it with a blend of subtle humor and innocence. You are immediately grabbed by the film in the opening scene and are not let go until the very end. Something this film does a wonderful job at is displaying the innocence of childhood and friendship. You believe that these kids are actually kids who are trying to figure out what is happening the way a kid would. When we were kids, we were not as smart as we are as adults although we think we are. This movie puts that on display beautifully.

The positives in “IT” have to begin with “The Loser’s Club” who never actually call themselves that in the movie. The bond that these kids share and their interactions are what carries this movie and makes it stand out from other films in the horror genre. All of the kid’s performances were fantastic, but the stars in particular were Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, and Jaeden Lieberher as Bill. These three were the ones you attached yourself with the most and the ones who led the movie. These kids are actually acting and not just told to be like a kid. Another star is director Andy Muschietti. His vision and direction make this film a true horror and his scares are legitimate. What he does best is he never makes you feel like your safe. Every scene has the potential to be scary, and as an audience member, you look for those moments of relief. Those moments do not come in pauses, they come in humor. There are no jokes in this film, what is funny is the interactions the kids have with each other and the director chooses the right moments to have them come about. Finally, you can’t talk about this film without mentioning Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard’s performance as the evil clown is one for the ages and will be talked about for years to come. Pennywise is this generations Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers. His laugh and voice will for sure haunt your dreams when you get home.

Now while this movie is good, it is not without its flaws. One thing that sticks out is moments where a well-known song will just randomly appear, and it can be jarring. Not that it is bad, the music just felt too loud, and at times, out of place. Another thing that bugged me was how quickly the kids seemed to figure out what was going on. They must be either really smart or good at piecing clues together because sometimes the problem solving just felt convenient. Something else I noticed was, I wasn’t as scared as I was expecting to be. That is high expectations on my part, but it did not take me out of the film or leave me disappointed. The final thing that was just a little negative was the CGI. At times it was very strong, but at others it looked very cheap. This is not the director’s fault, it just is a matter of the budget not being high enough to get the top-notch treatment. This problem will most likely be resolved in the sequel, considering this film does well, which come on, the movie is going to kick-ass.

In the end, “IT” is a movie that will be watched over and over again for generations to come. It is haunting, terrifying, and full of heart. The performances are top notch all over the board, and clowns will forever be out of a job. This film won me over as someone who is not a fan of horror, and I will most likely watch this film again sometime in the future. I highly recommend this film and if you go out and see it, “you’ll float too”!

 

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