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It (or retroactively known as It: Chapter One), (or stylized as IT), is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The screenplay is written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. The first of a planned duology, the film tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process. The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 miniseries. The film is also known as It: Part 1 – The Losers' Club.
It is also the highest-grossing horror film of 2017, the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2017 and the 9th highest-grossing film overall of 2017. It received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, and many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations.
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied seven kids in Derry, Maine, are about to face their biggest worse nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
Why IT Rocks (No Pun Intended)
- While It (2017) may not be 100% faithful to King’s novel, it does stay faithful to the spirit of the book.
- Bill Skarsgård does a great job as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
- Well-done character and story development.
- The kid actors really did an excellent job. Mostly Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier.
- Very intense and scary moments.
- Such as one terrifying scene in the film where Stanley (one of the members of the Loser’s Club) has his first encounter with IT in the synagogue in the form of a hideous, creepy flute playing woman (Judith) that came from a painting in his father’s office.
- Another terrifying scene is when Henry Bowers kills his father while the woman and children encourage him from the television.
- The Losers Club members are very likable and relatable, as they each have something that makes them victims of bullying, such as race, disability, and parental incest.
- Funny lines, such as Eddie’s best-known line “They’re gazebos”.
- Most of the other scenes are very memorable.
- Mainly the unforgettable Pennywise Dancing Scene.
- Henry Bowers and his gang of bullies are very entertaining and sadistic in their own ways.
- The ending is heartwarming, cool and emotional all at the same time.
- Great musical score by Benjamin Wallfisch.
- Even though its meant to be a horror film, it takes a break and has a nice, very realistic Stand by Me-esque vibe to it.
- A brief but touching story arc about a love triangle around Beverly, Ben, and Bill.
- The Loser’s Club share a very realistic, loving bond.
- Much like Mama, it shows Andy Muschietti has amazing skills as a director.
- Its following film, It Chapter Two, was decent.
- The costumes describes what '80s fashion looks like.
- Beverly's dresses reminds everyone else of '90s floral dresses.
- While the CGI is terrifying and impressive, it can at times be very unconvincing.
- Mike Hanlon (played by Chosen Jacobs) doesn’t really have that much character development or screentime.
- From time to time, it'll feel more like a teen-comedy than a horror film.
- Even though Pennywise is portrayed perfectly, his design looks a little too scary to be viewed as a good convincing clown that could trick his victims with his clownish behavior. Like the scene where he meets Georgie. Nobody, especially somebody Georgie's age, would ever be attracted to somebody that scary looking.
- Forgotten plot-holes like the real relationship between Mr Keene and her daughter Greta.
- Greta Bowie's name is changed to Keene to relate to her father Mr Keene, who bullies Beverly for being a slut and we don't learn how she would encounter her again.
- Mediocre villains found from the book like Henry Bowers, and Alvin Marsh.
- Some horror tropes in the film may later become cliched and predictable.
- It is implied that IT wasn't malevolent by nature, but rather just looking for his favorite foods, which contradicts the lore of King's novel and the fact that he is confirmed to be pure evil by Bill Skårsgard himself.
IT received positive reviews by critics, audiences and fans alike, with praising the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, and many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 86% based on 274 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart." Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
It was a box office success, grossed $328.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $373 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $701.8 million, against a production budget of $35 million, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
A variety of different actors were considered for the role of Pennywise. Richard Armitage, Kirk Acevedo, Jim Carrey, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Hiddleston, Doug Jones, Channing Tatum, and Hugo Weaving and Will Poulter.