Okay so the film was really good and I would definitely recommend going to see it if you enjoy horror films. The actors and director deserve a lot of credit as I believe they had a lot to live up to following Tim Curry’s well known performance as Pennywise and it was great to see Bill Skarsgard take on the role. I’m not sure what else he has performed in but the manner in which he played It and it’s various manifestations were physically and emotionally brilliant.
There was a very unsettling feeling throughout the entire film but this was punctuated by a lot of funny moments and helped lull the audience into a false sense of security before sucker punching them. At one point I did think that maybe there were a few too many jokes from the Losers club, but actually on reflection I think the film did a good job of representing how teenagers behave.
Alongside murder there were a lot of issues the film actually dealt with including child sexual abuse, Munchhausen disease and bullying and several others that are touched on.
Throughout the film each of the children face It who appears to them in several different forms including Pennywise, Georgie and a disfigured person from a painting as well as a few other unsettling manifestations. There were also parts of the film where I thought It had taken the form of some of the adults or children in the backgrounds of scenes however I have no idea if this was the case.
I think in terms of showing violence towards children and young adults this is probably the only mainstream which has done so with such bravado and parts did take me off guard. However I think this is what the film needed and I’m glad they didn’t hold back.
There’s going to be a chapter 2 at some point to this film, but I’m going to be going back to the cinema to watch this one again.