Sunday, January 7, 2018

It (2017)

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writers: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman, Stephen King

Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch

Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You'll float too.

Plot: A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably.

I saw this mid-November on the last showing of the last day before it left this town and the theater was empty save for me and my friend.  I love it when I have the theater to myself.  Anyway, the bottom line is I dug it.  I loved Pennywise and the underground stuff.  The main group of kids were half good, half terrific.  Without question the best of the bunch were Jeremy Ray Taylor and Sophia Lillis.  What natural performances these cats gave!  I was thoroughly impressed.  Coming in late to the dance seeing this one, I wasn't as impressed with the flick as it seems the rest of the world is.  I never read the novel or saw the 90s miniseries so this is all I have to go on.  The one thing that REALLY fucking bothered me were the abundance of jump scares.  There's a lot and they're annoying as hell.  While I'm looking forward to the sequel, I'm going to miss seeing these kids together.  I can't be the only one who feels this way but why do talented filmmakers use the horrible and cheap as fuck cliche of jump scares?  Anyone can make a loud crash with the music and flash something on screen at the same time.  It's not scary.  It's cheap and talentless.  Making a horror film that frightens without loud noises is something few filmmakers can do these days.

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