Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs
Age Restriction: 16 H L V
Runtime: 2hrs 15min
Release Date: 15 September 2017
After years in development hell, Stephen King's iconic novel finally lands on the big screen – coulrophobes beware!
Covering the first half of King's novel, It follows a group of children in the fictional town of Derry who are terrorised by an evil Clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).
The sadistic killer clown uses fear to scare the living daylights out of his victims (mostly children of course), before consuming their flesh to appease his hungry appetite.
A group of outcast kids calling themselves The Losers' Club attempt to survive by trying to find a way to stop Pennywise before they become his next meal. But can they defeat a menacing ancient creature that has for generations left carnage in its wake?
All hope for this film adaptation seemed lost after acclaimed filmmaker Cary Fukunaga departed the project. However, things soon looked up when Mama director Andy Muschietti boarded the film, followed by the record-breaking first trailer.
The director remains (mostly) faithful to King's work, delivering a satisfying and truly scary film adaptation.
It is excellently plotted, detailed and exceptionally well-crafted from start to finish. However, Muschietti's film is more than just a violent, gory and jump scare horror fest; it is also a character-driven feature packed full of heart with terrific performances.
The young cast carry the film confidently with exceptional performances, particularly Jack Dylan Grazer and Jaeden Lieberher who play the characters of Eddie and Bill respectively.
While Skarsgård cannot in anyway top Tim Curry's iconic Pennywise performance from the 1990 miniseries, the actor still manages to terrify with an extraordinary performance that will go down in the history books.
Verdict: Spine-chilling, gripping, well-acted, and downright frightening; It joins the ranks as one of Stephen King's best book to film adaptations, and cements itself as a crowd-pleasing horror film.