IT – Film Review

Rating : 3.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
IT is the feature film adaptation of s Stephen King novel by the same name and is directed by Andy Muschietti, starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Leiberher, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard among others.

The film is set in the little town of Derry where mysterious things are happening and little children are going missing. A gang of seven kids known as the ‘Loser’s Club’ are sucked into the middle of these happenings when they start getting haunting visions of a mysterious clown who is preying on their fears and trying to lure them into the sewers. With no one believing them, they must band together to fight and vanquish this evil in order to save the children of the town. Whether they manage to do it or not is what the rest of the film is about.

What’s Good?
This is one of the best adventure films to come out this year. Evoking a sense of nostalgia by setting the film in the 80’s where high waist-ed jeans and cycles were common, this film is a roller coaster ride that sucks the viewer right into the town of Derry and gives us a glimpse of its various mysteries. The film also has some great character development for most of its principal characters and this makes the viewer invest in the fate of these kids. The writing is also a plus point in this film and the addition of humor in the dialogues works big time in the film’s favor.
The make of the film is excellent considering its small budget and this helps in creating the requisite mood and atmospherics needed for such a film to work.

What’s Not?
While the cast has great chemistry and do a great job in the film, a couple of kids in the gang do not get as much backstory and character development as the other kids.Another issue with the film is that the VFX looks more like that of a TV movie rather than a blockbuster film. This robs the film of some genuine creepy moments, especially in the latter half of the film. Also, one must keep in mind that this is more of an adventure film and does not have as many scares as one would expect from watching the trailer.

Performances
This is a well cast film. All the principal characters are well cast. Jaeden Lieberher as the gang leader, Finn Wolfhard as the expletive spouting best friend, Sophia Lillis as the only teenage girl in the gang, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as the kid who has a crush on Sophia are all excellent. Bill Skarsgard as the clown gives a great physical performance and gets the creepy smile and erratic body language right. Rest of the cast is excellent in their respective roles.

Final Word
A rollicking fun adventure that can evoke a sense of nostalgia in the more seasoned viewer, this is definitely a good time at the cinema.


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