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10 September 2017, 09:14 | Erma Lawrence
Stephen King's It movie Review & Rating: Terrifcly Scary Movie
Andy Muschietti'smovie adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel has already broken box office records, making $13.5 million in Thursday night screenings alone.
Six months later we join Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben Hansom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), and Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) just as summer is beginning. Unlike the 1990 version, this movie does not delve into the characters when they grow up and have to battle Pennywise again. Kudos to Bill Skarsgård for portraying Pennywise in a more psychotic and chilling way than Tim Curry (I really liked Mr. Curry's performance), he was still able to be somewhat amusing, but in a way that would make you run away from him if you ever saw him in the streets (or in a gutter). In addition, creature performer Javier Botet has signed on as The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, part of a group of bullies who torment The Losers' Club.
"It's amusing, I went back to Stockholm after we wrapped, Bill Skarsgard recently revealed".
Each kid continues through the film and they discover IT in their own way. However, the makeup and the slight rasp he adds to his voice makes it much more menacing and evil than your average clown.
The former record for an R-rated horror movie opening weekend was "The Conjuring", with its 41 million US debut in 2013 and the former biggest opening for a Stephen Kingmovie was the psychological horror movie "1408" with 20.6 million USA dollars in 2007.
The young actors are, to varying degrees, enjoyable, as well.
"The clown thing is unusual..."
It takes place in the small town of Derry, Maine, and tells the story of a lovable group of friends known as the Losers Club. It's a terrific set-up to what is going to be a restlessly-anticipated Chapter 2. There is a hope by producers there would be a second part to this "It", which, seemingly, would follow the characters as adults in the 2010s.
Plus - and this isn't a negative - "It", while leaving the door cracked for more, does provide enough of an ending.
Rated R for mature themes and violence.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
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