“When you’re a kid, you think that you’ll always be… protected, and cared for. Then, one day, you realize that’s not true. If you open your eyes, you will see what we’re going through. ‘Cause when you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker. You don’t even know they’re getting closer. Until it’s too late.” – Stan
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Nov 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A group of friends spend their summer trying to rid their town of a maniacal entity that kills kids while dressed as a clown.
My Take on it – Who woulda thought that one of my favorite films of the year (so far) would be a horror film.
The truth is, as much as I dislike the genre, anything by Stephen King usually still draws me in, especially if I’ve read the novel.
This was actually one of the best King horror novels that I’ve read and it ranks quite high on my list of favorite novels by him.
I’m a big fan of the 1990 miniseries of this story and loved Tom Curry as Pennywise.
As much as I believe that Bill Skarsgard did a wonderful job here in the role, nothing, IMHO can beat Curry’s performance as that maniacle clown.
The idea to relocate the story to the late 80’s was a great one and they are able to perfectly capture the tone, music, feel and look of that era.
Having grown up during that tine, I was able to relate so well to the kids, their friendship and even their use of bikes because it all reminded me of my life as a 13 year old.
The choice to split this story into two movies was a wise one because there is so much to absorb.
Regardless, focusing only on the kids in this film works well because there is no urge to rush things in the development of the characters which gives us so much insight into their type of friendship, personalities and of course the glue that keeps them together as they fight a common foe.
I didnt recognize any of the kid actors, but they all show real potential with these performances.
I now have suchnsa urge to reread the novel as I eagerly anticipate Chapter Two which should be released in a bit under two years.
I also definitely gotta rewatch this great and thrilling film really soon!
Bottom Line – Great adaptation of one of King’s best novels. The relocation of the story to the late 80’s is amazingly done and they manage to get the tone, feel, music and look of that era perfectlty. Tim Curry will always be my favorite Pennywise, but Bill Skarsgard still does a wonderful job in the terrifying role. The idea to solely focus on the story of the kids was the right one here because they are able to spend time developing their personalities while also giving them time to band together as a group. This is among my favorites of the year so far and I’m definitely gonna have to see it again soon. I can’t wait to see how Chapter Two plays out in two years. I now have a really strong urge to reread the novel. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
Check out my *updated* movie stats here
To see my reviews of Oscar Winning Performances check out this link
To see my reviews of all Oscar Best Picture Winners click here (now complete)
Here is a link to my movie index A-Z