Friday, 8 September 2017

IT Film Review

Not such a horror where you leap out of your chair like in Mama (spot her in the picture frame), but IT directed by Andy Muschietti is all the more shocking for being a small town of horror. With a club of loners and losers banding together to take on a demonic clown. Georgie's yellow mac is as infamous in horror as the red mac in Don't Look Now.

I didn't know the story of IT, but everyone knows Pennywise, and how little Georgie loses his paper boat down the storm drain. A year later and bereaved brother Bill, played by the very talented Jaeden Lieberher, is still looking for him. A thankless task as kids and adults regularly go missing in bad luck town Derry. But this summer he is determined that he and his friends, played by fine young actors Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff will find Georgie. They all have their own problems, whether its fat overbearing hypochondriac mothers, Rabbi fathers or a fear of clowns. And Derry isn't the sort of Maine town that makes friends easily. But the group grows as more losers and loners are terrorised by the town bullies.

One of the new kids Ben, played by Jeremy Ray Taylor, bullied for being fat, and seeking refuge in the town library, discovered that Derry has 6 times more than average the number of adults going missing. And it's even worse for kids. The group save him from a particularly savage attack and he tells them all he knows about their strange little town. Another new member is Beverley played by Sophia Lillis. What a future she has with the looks and talent of Amy Adams. She has an undeserved wild reputation but she's still Daddy's girl. How you want to stamp on those monsters masquerading as fathers. And Chosen Jacobs as home schooled Mike, struggling to kill a sheep with a stun gun in the family butcher business, and picked on because he's black.

It seems that every 27 years a disaster befalls Derry and has for centuries, with fresh missing person flyers posted over the last. And each of the kids in the Loser Club has seen horrific imagery including a clown. Pennywise we met in the storm drain with Georgie, and played by the wildly pretty Bill Skarsgård.

No one is coming to help, adults cannot see Pennywise nor his bloody acts, and next time it could be one of them they agree. So rather reluctantly they try and end the abuse and horror themselves. But Pennywise feasts on fear and the film is rather good at providing it. The child actors were particularly effective in the roles, facing their own fears to have the courage to face Pennywise.

After 135 minutes of cracking story the end neatly sets up Chapter 2, which I guess takes us to the next 27 year period in Derry's story, when they're all grown up.

There will be blood.

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