IT’s com­ing for you

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Lifestyle - MOVIE IT (MA15+) Re­view: Ce­cilia Allen

Rem­i­nis­cent of the 1990 mini-series but with twice the scare, IT is the must-see hor­ror film of the year, if not the decade.

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and di­rected by Andy Muschi­etti (Mama), the film opts to only take on the child­hood half of King’s story and jumps to the late 1980s in­stead of the 1950s — pre­sum­ably so the ex­pected chap­ter two can take place in our present day.

The story takes place in the fic­ti­tious town of Derry, Maine, and cen­tres on a group of seven young out­casts known as the Losers Club.

After Bill’s (Jae­den Lieber­her) lit­tle brother Ge­orge (Jack­son Robert Scott) dis­ap­pears amid a spate of miss­ing chil­dren cases, the club be­gins to in­ves­ti­gate, only to be haunted by Pen­ny­wise the Danc­ing Clown in the process.

The club’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads them to a cen­turies-old curse on the town and the understanding that Pen­ny­wise can em­body their worst fears and prey upon them.

IT is more than a hor­ror film, it’s a com­ing-of-age story, driven by the jour­ney and bond be­tween the Losers Club, while they face their own per­sonal de­mons.

The film is well-acted all round but spe­cial men­tions must be given to Bill Skars­gard, who took on the role of Pen­ny­wise and Lieber­her, the leader of the Losers Club.

It is rare to see a hor­ror film with a such lay­ered and solid screen­play but writ­ers Chase Palmer, Cary Fuku­naga and Gary Daub­man pull it off while also adding hu­mour and emo­tion.

Fans of King’s novel will ap­pre­ci­ate the faith­ful­ness to the book but new­com­ers and the younger au­di­ence will also be de­lighted by the night­mar­ish spec­ta­cle.

IT has a ter­rific blend of hor­ror, hu­mour and heart.

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