"And I think that's what I wanted and that's where I want to go for the second one, to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being". After the terrible misfire that was The Dark Tower, director Andy Muschietti (Mama) knocked it out of the park with his take on King's horrific 1986 novel "It".
"It" is expertly written and wonderfully acted by the seven young actors who make up the Losers' Club - Bill, Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stan (Wyatt Olef), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Mike (Chosen Jacobs).
What the kids soon discover is there is strength in numbers, whether they're facing down bullies or a monster that likes to spend most of his time disguised as a creepy clown calling himself Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Released 27 years after Tim Curry first donned the greasepaint to play the clown from hell, this movie savvily taps into the current Eighties revival - thanks in no small part to hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
The tale begins in earnest in October 1988, months after Georgie's disappearance, with big brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) holding out hope Georgie is alive somewhere.
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Together with his band of merry losers, they must confront the sewer-dwelling Pennywise alongside physical manifestations of their own personal demons. He's a little bit of a showman and given a lot more to say and do. It does none of that.
Bill Skarsgard is terrific as Pennywise. Red balloons hanging in the air in Derry, Mass., tell you Pennywise and his various forms are preying upon children, feeding on their fears and killing them.
Unlike lesser movies, it doesn't have an over-reliance on gore or jumpscares, so when it falls back on these tropes they work excellently. Stars such as Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby), Janet Leigh (Psycho), Kyle Richards (Halloween), Ryan Reynolds and James Brolin (The Amityville Horror), and many more have expressed a lasting impact after having starred in a horror film.
Another aspect that sets the movie apart is that it never loses sight of the obstacles the real world has in store for children. Even so, this is the best horror movie in years. If you're a horror fan, don't miss "It"!