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(★★★★✩)

DI­REC­TOR Andy Muschi­etti (Mama) hits all the right notes with his adap­ta­tion of Stephen King’s novel.

Even though you are cring­ing through­out the movie wait­ing for the killer clown to ap­pear, you cringe even more as you don’t ex­pect to care so much for the young pro­tag­o­nists.

This makes you watch ev­ery scene in­tently even though you so badly want to look away.

IT also ex­cels thanks to Bill Skars­gard’s per­for­mance as Pen­ny­wise, the men­ac­ing clown – that speech pat­tern, over-the-top man­ner­ism and the bright blue eyes ac­com­pa­nied by an eerie rab­bit-tooth smile ... just creepy.

Per­haps what’s also strik­ing about the film is that it tack­les how mon­strous some par­ents can be to their chil­dren, es­pe­cially to­day when cases of par­ents abus­ing their own off­spring are sadly ram­pant. – Mum­taj Begum

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