Saturday, September 9, 2017


Honestly, I'm bothered by the loud noise a lot more than the imagery, I guess I'm sort of numb to horror.
Most known for the tv adaptation featuring Tim Curry, It is perhaps Stephen King's most beloved property. A horror tale, where everyone's fear of clowns becomes justified, because as it turns out, the  titular monster is a clown named Pennywise. Now, for most people, a horror movie is best when it actually is frightening, after all, why watch a horror movie you aren't scared of? Well, going by the audience, this is definitely frightening. It's definitely going to live up to the hype for fans, for me personally, yeah it's a damn good movie.

I don't want to say I don't get frightened, I do of course, but when it comes to movies, I'm a little resistant. No, I didn't jump throughout this film repeatedly, but the build up and pacing to each "scary" scene is actually really well done. That it doesn't phase me is less the film's problem, and more of my own really, I've seen plenty of horror films, so this is not gonna phase me, but I acknowledge that others, less accustomed to this kind of film, well be scared numerous times.

As you may have heard, the film is actually the first part of the story, here focusing on the leads as kids. This proves effective, because incorporating the adult half of the story would perhaps be a bit much for one film, so the choice to split this, benefits the story, allowing for a detailed look into what happened. Here, we focus on the kids, grappling with the loss of multiple kids, including the lead's own younger brother. Our heroes, the Losers club, are the only ones with an idea of what's going on, resulting in them being the ones to stop the evil clown.

Upfront, yes, these child actors are great, they all are. We get plenty of laughs from the bunch, while genuine moments of suspense creep up. Even better, is that all the main kids get one moment, at least, to stop Pennywise, by use of a weapon, which is honestly pretty awesome. It's been a while since we've had a great cast largely made up of kids, but this is definitely a good example of how you can utilize them.

Our main attraction though, is Pennywise himself, played by Bill Skarsgard. He's an effective Pennywise, one that absolutely stole all scenes he was in, but I'd be lying if I said I preferred him over Tim Curry, who is still iconic in the role. Still, Skarsgard is fun and creepy, here made to move in unnatural ways.

I can't say It scared me, but it did entertain me and I understand how it can be the scariest thing for others. Highly recommended by myself, It is a great horror feature. 

I give it a 3 out 4.

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Written by Octaviano Macias 

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