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IT is it!

Teja Lemaster

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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.

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IT is it!