“IT” Movie Review

By Darlene Leal, Contributing Reporter

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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros., displaying a photo of Pennywise the Dancing Clown hiding behind the infamous red balloon

The Halloween season is upon us, and with it comes the flooding of the horror movies, whether it’s in theatres or on the television screen. The horror movie in particular is the remake of IT, which came out on Sept. 8.

Right off the bat there was high expectation by many, myself included.  I was once personally frightened by clowns because of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. I was excited to see the positive reviews that came out on Thursday, and I went to the theater with high expectations. Watching the new “IT” movie was like a walk down memory lane, one which I regret visiting.

The revamp was lackluster to say the least.

In this age of gore and CGI, it followed the flock. The original mini-series that was released in 1990 was cheesy and campy, and was solely pulled off because of Tim Curry’s performance.

The latest release was dependent on CGI and obvious jump scares to frighten the audience. What did enhance the movie in the “right way” was the dark toned and gloominess of the entire film, along with the soundtrack that had a lump stuck in your throat, and caused a shiver to go up your back.

The redeeming factor of the movie was the humor portrayed by the young protagonists within the Losers’ Club. They are young, vulgar, uncensored and can display charm. They create a connection with the audience that helps move along the plot.

The movie displays a short background of each kid, which are all dealing with their own demons.

There can also be an appreciation to how close it attempted to be like the novel. It took advantage of its R rating and followed the novel’s darker and more graphic tones, such as the deep rooted racism and  the abusive parenting.

Overall, it wasn’t the WORST movie I’ve seen this year, but it was slightly disappointing as a horror movie. I was expecting to be frightened or to at least to jump a few times. There was a lack of the clown. He was a Jared Leto when he should’ve been more of a Heath Ledger.

Rating 3/5

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