• REVIEW: IT (2017)

    Philippine Release Date: September 7, 2017
    Director: Andy Muschietti
    Cast: Jeaden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Finn Wolfhard

    With a reputable 1986 novel under a notable writer and a 1990 television series to build its solid horror base, this Stephen King goose bumps-inducing story will keep everyone sane and alert, if not floating somewhere else.

    Warner Bros.’ IT is 2017’s Andy Muschietti horror shocker. Muschietti’s IT revolves around the city of Derry in Maine, which is said to be plagued by a curse where children and youngsters tend to disappear time after time. The mysterious disappearance of Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), Bill’s (Jaeden Lieberher) younger brother, triggered him and the rest of the Losers Club to find and destroy it, and hinder the emerging number of missing cases in Derry alone.

    Stuttering Bill, guilty of sending Georgie out in the downpour held out the hope that his brother is still alive out there influencing his friends in the Losers Club to believe so too. The septet includes Bill, Ben (Jeremy Taylor) – bullied for being fat and new in the block, Beverly (Sophia Lillis) – for being poor, Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Grazer), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), and Trashmouth Richie (Finn Wolfhard) – all of them played upon for being young and uncool. Each of them has had weird encounters with the gruesome clown in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård) making it their common suspect for the disappearances.

    Pennywise as the mastermind, similarly, has been cemented into certainty after Ben’s research materials proved so, and as Bill managed to tie things up using the sewer system of the town – getting a hint that Georgie must have been nabbed towards the sewage drain. All of these lead towards the abandoned, burnt house in Niebolt St. – a place way too familiar for Mike, who eventually started accounting his own story. Eventually, this leads everyone into battling their own fears and actually facing them in order to survive and end the curse that puzzles the city every three decades.

    When in fact clowns are already a personal boo, the suspense of waiting for the misery to happen (or the delay) makes IT as thrilling as it could get. One would expect a typical clown story to be a peek-a-boo found-you kind of horror, and the movie steps it up a notch. Pennywise’ omnipresent character makes it spookier as it looks despite lacking development as to what led him to do his score-and-a-half havoc.

    The movie’s familiarity and semblance to a recent famous TV series made it quite relatable and provided a narrative worth following, perhaps because of the appearance of Richie in the same series despite the big difference in character development. Similarly, several potential twist-providing characters (Georgie and Henry, for an instance) were quite underutilized despite a good and grounded narrative behind such personalities. However, this did not ruin the entire picture at all, but simply providing a window to peek and ask what happened to them.

    At its best, IT as a movie faithfully made a fitting motion picture depiction of the thousand-page novel and stays true to its chilling and thrilling form – unassuming, a little old-fashioned, but terrifying enough to make each of us brave enough to fight our inner fears and don’t get eaten by it.

    All in, IT is a good introduction to the Halloween season, as this chapter shows and reminds us that not everyone who makes us smile has our best interest in his or her minds.

    Rating: 8/10

    IT is NOW SHOWING in theatres nationwide.

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