Scariest movie of the summer? IT is debatable
October 24, 2017
Nothing scary about IT
Andres Muschietti’s remake of the movie, “It,” attracted people of all ages. However, after watching the film, I could not find what the big deal was. Muschietti’s film was released September 8 and hundreds of people filled the seats of the theater, but it was not at all what they expected.
The movie adds suspicion through when Pennywise; played by Bill Skarsgard, will strike and who his next victim will be. Pennywise is a shape-shifting evil clown who comes out to feed on children’s fears every 7 years. In the new movie, Pennywise has waited his 7 years and is ready to feed. A little boy named Georgie; played by Jackson Robert Scott, goes playing in the rain and sailing a little paper boat down the gutter until it falls in the sewer drain. When Georgie’s boat falls into the sewer Pennywise was lurking nearby and snatched the boat challenging Georgie to reach for it, desperate to get back the boat his brother made for him the little boy reaches to grab the boat from the clown. Pennywise sees the opportunity to feed and pulls little Georgie into the sewer. Bill; played by Jaeden Lieberher, Georgie’s older brother, is distraught about his baby brother’s death, but never knows it was Pennywise responsible until later in the film. Bill and his friends are soon being taunted by Pennywise, and Bill is taunted multiple times by Pennywise with his dead brother. Pennywise is a shapeshifter who can turn into different things and change into people he has killed. Pennywise learns who and what the child fears and he becomes that thing. Beverley; played by Sophia Lillis, is the only person in the group that doesn’t fear the clown, she was willing to fight him and see through his games. Pennywise almost kills her before the group of boys is able to release her from her trance. While all this is happening a few feet away Bill is faced with the choice to kill Pennywise who is disguised as his dead brother or give himself up to be with Georgie.
This horror movie seemed more comical and sad. The only scary parts in the film were presented with the suspense of when Pennywise, the evil clown, would come or when Pennywise would pop out. Muschietti uses a group of outcast boys and a girl; Beverly, Bill, Jack, Stanley, and Mike, as his main characters who are terrorized by Pennywise. Many parts in this film would attract those who enjoy adult humor. Muschietti adds in many pieces of adult humor throughout multiple scenes of the movie. The blood and some of the scenes that Muschietti includes in the film are very corny. It is obvious the blood is fake because it looks like a type of red jam, and the scene where Pennywise bites Georgie’s arm off is poorly edited and looks completely fake and out of place. One good scene is where the group of kids are looking at a projector trying to learn more about Pennywise when he rips through the projector and almost captures the kids. Pennywise’s catch phrase is, “Come float with me”, is unrealistic since he doesn’t always taunt the kids when by water. And the end of the movie left many audience members on the brink of tears. Where most would think the movie is a horror movie it really isn’t, it is actually comical, sad, and pop up scary. The movie is not worth going all the way to the theaters to watch, if you really want to see it wait until it comes out and rent it. It is not worth the extra money you have to spend at the movie theater.
IT is it!
It has been a while since a movie has had so much hype surrounding it and actually lived up the excitement. The first movie version of “It,” based off of Stephen King’s novel It, was originally released in 1990. Now it has conveniently been remade after 27 years; reason being, the clown, Pennywise is said to come out of “hiding” every 27 years to bedevil citizens. “It” was an extraordinary multifaceted and relatable film. It was first anticipated for its horror but proved to be much more than just a scary movie. The casting is near perfection. The kids and the realities in which they live are incredibly relatable. Extremely similar to other works by Stephen King such as The Body, which was later made into the movie “Stand by Me,” boys of around the same age and of the adventurous type find themselves battling the world, yet again. In “It” hardships are displayed throughout all the children’s lives. Beverly Marsh, played by Sophia Lillis, lives with an abusive father and no mother, she’s bullied at school and has no true stability. Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher, lost his little brother Georgie, since then his parents have been heartbroken and are incapable of giving him the love he deserves. Eddie Kaspbrak, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, is controlled by his overly possessive and protective mother. More struggles are portrayed too, such as neglectful parents, bullies, and a lack of friends. The beauty of this is how the kids create an oasis among themselves. They fulfill adventures, spend time together and wish away their cruel realities. Kids are not angels, especially after being affected by the world itself. This movie shows off the crude humor we all possess alongside with loads of profanity. Yes! Finally, a movie with teens that screams the truth! Sugarcoating was the least of Andres Muschietti’s worries and he did a dang good job at avoiding it. Time and time again in movies children are shown the greener side of the grass;“It” decides to show actuality. Even without the horror element, this movie exceeds standards, yet the pure carnage and constant action is the cherry on top. More than anything “It” was vile and overflowing with intentionally revolting scenes. In an interview on Collider Barbara Muschietti (the producer of “It”) revealed that even Stephen King was amazed by the production of the movie, stating that a particular scene with a personified gory painting horrified him. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the only gruesome scene, in another blood spewed out of a sink, coating the walls. The directors intentions were not to please the weak stomached. A break in the action was rare, but when there was, morals and underlying meaning — such as friendship, assurance, alliance and trust– later helped the kids to defeat their own individual obstacles of fear. It was Stephen King’s incredible idea that Pennywise should have the ability to transform into the children’s biggest fear, haunting them until they eventually defeated it. Near the end of the movie the group is faced with a selfless decision, saving potential victims or getting out while they can.