It lives on fear. It feeds on fear. It wakes up every 27 years and this time “It” is horrifying. So, last weekend had one of the most anticipated releases of 2017, big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel IT. Directed by Andy Muschietti. First of all, It is a beloved novel which obviously leads to a divide between avid book readers and casual moviegoers. Most of the time people compare original content to the content written for the screen and that comparison leaves everyone unhappy. But, I want you all to know that a novel has scope for so many details and information whereas a movie has to deal with what’s best for the visual experience only and that is the main reason why book readers often feel cheated. Although, It doesn't disappoint and caters to both readers and moviegoers alike.
The movie opens with a brief glance of Pennywise the clown who has a history of murder and violence in the small town of Derry, Maine, for centuries. After the clown’s appearance, children and adults of Derry start disappearing. The protagonists here are “The Loser’s Club”, a group of seven young children. The plot is set up over a long summer holiday which becomes more horrifying as the days pass. Bill Denbrough, a young boy from Derry and a member of The Loser’s Club wants to find his little brother Georgie who went missing eight months ago in the sewers. Bill assembles his friends and makes them believe that they can pull off a fight against the shape-shifter dancing clown Pennywise. While on their investigation, they face traumatic visions of what they fear the most which in turn makes them give up the fight and instead try to survive. Pennywise uses everything in his shape-shifting, hallucinatory arsenal to scare the shit out of kids, why? Because they taste good when they are afraid, and it is exhilarating to watch the group of lovable kids fight back against this monster. The story depicts the emotion of love, friendship, and companionship along with the fear of our worst nightmares coming to life.
Andy Muschietti had a team of three writers - Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga
, and Gary Dauberman. The director had a fresh approach towards making a Mystery-Horror.
You get involved in the late 80’s set up very quickly with the costumes, music and the color theme. Then comes the clown. All of the scenes that involved Pennywise were chilling and will make you delusional for days which is a success at the Director’s end.
There were some scenes that just gave me goosebumps with the sound only. A particular scene was so Gory and disgusting that I was making faces while it was happening. The screenplay is knitted well & through characters’ personal experiences we get a haunting picture of what fear does to us. The movie has done justice to the material written in the novel and you’ll know that it has all the feels of a Stephen King horror (if you’ve read one).
plays the central character of Pennywise the dancing clown in this movie. Believe me, he portrays the most terrifying clown to ever appear on the big screen. His performance is haunting and that maniacal laugh will give you goosebumps.
Jaeden Lieberher plays Bill Denbrough and other cast members of the Loser’s Club are played by Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff. All of the actors played their part significantly well and you get involved with their performances once you are familiar with their character.
See, I am no movie critic. For all I know, I am a movie buff and I like cinema as much as you all. So, from my point of view, You’ll Float too. The storytelling is good, the sound and visuals are amazing, the performances are engaging...what else do you seek in a movie? Just go and watch because it’s an awesome theatre experience.
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