‘It’ is a horror film based on Stephen King’s novel written in 1986. The movie, directed by Andy Muschietti, tells the story of 7 bullied kids who decide to unite against a monster [taking the appearance of a clown] that haunt children in their town.
This movie is probably going to be on my ‘September Favorite’ post because I think this is the best horror film I’ve watched this past year.
Let’s start this review with the plot: I think the story is very interesting, intriguing, it builds up well and it is well constructed [I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if it was well adapted]. I liked the rare comedic moments in the film, I liked the fact that they gave glimpses of the clown’s past [it made me look forward to the next film, this one is chapter 1] and I love the fact that there are supernatural elements. Moreover, the fact that the main characters are children makes the movie even more stressing and fun at the same time. Even though the children’s personalities are sort of stereotypical, they have distinctive personalities that make the story more dynamic.
Concerning the acting; I LOVED the performance of Bill Skarsgård [aka the clown], he plays the clown so perfectly well, his acting is so believable and vulnerable [he is not afraid of how he looks on camera]. On top of that, you don’t feel like he is just acting like a monster, you feel like he IS Pennywise [the clown] and that’s scary. I also was impressed by the performance of the kids, I think their acting is very believable, they explored many facets of their characters and delivered their intentions/desires very well.
Visually, this film is great [not breathtaking though], it was really well-shot, and I spotted a great cinematography and production design which reflect the mood of the film and emphasize the horror scenes [check photos below] [for example, the low angle on the clown to highlight his power or the dutch angle to represent uneasiness, madness or desperation]
I think the soundtrack is the cherry on top of the cake because it is just amazing and makes the film even more enjoyable. The music shifts from being magical to creepy in order to really set the mood of each scenes.
In conclusion, man up and go watch this movie because it is great.
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