Movie Review: Pennywise Returns in Stephen King’s rebooted ‘IT’ | AIB
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers of the fantastic horror genre of his generation. Much of its success is due to the way it develops its characters, creating strong identification with the public. However, it was rare that his books received films at the height of his work. The bestseller “It” (1986) had already been satisfactorily adapted as a TV miniseries in 1990. Now it arrives in cinemas with the subtitle “The Thing,” featuring a group of young people who come together to face a monster in the form of the clown, a risk to children.
The story takes place in the late 1980s in a small town in the United States called Derry, who is plagued by the disappearance of children. At the center of the mystery is a being who identifies himself as Pennywise, the dancing clown, and a group of children in their emotional journeys, the Losers Club.
It all begins with the disappearance of Georgie, the younger brother of the leader of the gang, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher). The group also includes Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) and Mike (Chosen Jacobs). Each of them has its characteristics, its stories, and its fears.
When they discover who is behind the disappearances, the Losers unite to meet him, always in the midst of their struggles. The young actors, by themselves, are worth the show: besides being talented, they are very keen on charismatic interpretations. The Swedish Bill Skarsgård (from the series “Hemlock Grove”) came in an intense acting as a protagonist and personified Pennywise in a way so terrifying that even the funny voice of the clown gives shivers.
Do not be fooled by the title of this review and the witty humor it brings: “It” is possibly one of the terrifying movies of recent years. The difference is that it is done well, that you leave the movie theater lighter than it came in. Floating, as the terrible clown would say.