As stated in my Kingsman review, I have left this li’l blog of mine to gather dust and cobwebs, so a spring clean was due….ahem…in autumn. I’ll try and fill the gaps with reviews of films I saw in the absence of my writing. I’ll kick off with the clown show that is far from that and in fact a brilliantly effective scary flick.
Deservedly breaking box office records, this horror with supernatural elements follows a group of kids calling themselves the ‘Losers Club’ as they realise the town of Derry is being stalked by a shape-shifting menace who feeds on the fear of mostly children. Led by Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) who hopes to find his missing brother, the squad must work together to try and rid It from their lives.
I had never seen the Tim Curry starring series/film as I wanted to go into this with a fresh open mind and see what all the freaky hype was about. It’s well placed hype in my opinion as for once this is a horror film that doesn’t feel like a pointless paranormal spook-fest with ridiculous jump scares. Yes, there are jumpy moments and obviously the idea of a form changing predator gleefully attacking children is ridiculous but it’s handled really well by Andy Muschietti who directs this feature like a creepy ‘Stand by Me’ horror adventure.
What I like most about ‘It’ is the fact it has a wondrous charm about it, which is odd considering the central threat is a murderous thing that happens to enjoy appearing like a sadistic clown. It’s no surprise that after the break out hit of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ that people are comparing the tone of that to this. I love that series and it’s a fair comparison to make because the kids are the true stars, their acting is perfect, scenes are gifted fun twists such as the rock throwing moment which is awesome. The weird yet fantastic feel you get with this film is one of a coming of age story which works well against a horror backdrop.
Pennywise the dancing clown is the attraction and the evil baby face monster is played with sinister delight by Bill Skarsgard who also brings in this perfectly deranged laugh and smile. There are moments when things can get perhaps too over the top or CGI threatens to ruin sequences or Pennywise himself but on the whole the horror aspect may be weak but gladly the emotional core of the film carried by the lads and lass bonding is where the real strength lies and excites you for the next chapter, which is now confirmed for September 2019!
This is a well constructed horror movie that may not be as scary as expected or wished but it thrives thanks to top notch child actors, a warming coming of age narrative and a nostalgia factor that perfectly lands in this recent comeback of 80’s kitsch.