In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
|Release Date||:||September 5, 2017|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Drama, Horror|
|Production Company||:||New Line Cinema, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, KatzSmith Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Andy Muschietti, Richard Cowan, Shane B. Scott, Jordana Lieberman, Penny Charter, Adam Richard Benish, Adam Bocknek, Nick Lopez, Andrew Pritchard|
|Writers||:||Stephen King, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman, Chase Palmer|
|Casts||:||Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott, Owen Teague, Logan Thompson, Jake Sim, Javier Botet, Tatum Lee, Steven Williams, Stephen Bogaert, Geoffrey Pounsett, Pip Dwyer, Ari Cohen, Stuart Hughes, Megan Charpentier, Molly Atkinson, Elizabeth Saunders, Joe Bostick, Anthony Ulc, Katie Lunman, Neil Crone, Sonia Gascón, David Katzenberg, Cyndy Day, Edie Inksetter, Carter Musselman, Aimee Lenihan, Kylie Lenihan, Becky Wolf, Kelly Van der Burg|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on novel, clown, misfit, coming of age, creature, club, missing child, flashback, 1980s, child, stephen king|
I think the film was good, but didn't really live up to expectations. I didn't find it that scary. Admittedly, one of the jump scares worked on me but otherwise I never felt any dread looming in the pit of my stomach. The film is gorier than the mini series. That's for sure. And I liked that updated aspect, but nothing particularly shocked me. There was quite a bit of special effects that just were not very good. And I think that's a big reason why I just wasn't very scared.
The other dumb thing I want to mention is that sometimes the characters fell into predictable horror movie tropes. Its just kind of silly when they've already been scared by Pennywise many times. Knows this all "isn't real" and yet will wander off by one of the missing kids going "Come here". I mean, really? You're going to fall for that? I think what does save this film are the performances. Bill does a good job with Pennywise. However, he does lack the charm that Tim Curry had. But those were always going to be big shoes to fill. (Clown pun not intended). The kids though were amazing. In particular Jaeden Lieberher (who played Bill) and Sophia Lillis (who played Bev) were the standouts. I also want to give a shoutout to Nicholas Hamilton (who played Henry) for managing to make me feel empathy for a bully. Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things) plays Richie who is meant to be the jokester of the group. And Finn does well with that character. I just wish the writers had laid off from the jokes some of the times. You're supposed to be building tension and it kind of gets ruined when he opens his mouth to make a joke about period blood or whatever.
I see the potential in this film. And I think it could have been really good. I just think they spent too much focus on "shock value" rather than building on an atmosphere.