Wonder what your kids are doing when they go out to hang out and play with their friends? If you are in Derry, Maine, they are out saving the town from an evil clown out to devour kids. Young kids take center stage in the big fight between good and evil all before bedtime as they face their fears as well as the struggles of growing up in a small town where you’re looking to not only stay alive but feel like you belong.
Relive your childhood fears and for those who read the book and/or watched the TV Miniseries, the memory of The Loser’s Club, seven kids who are the outcast at school who form a bond and friendship that can overpower anything, including a creepy spirit named Pennywise, the dancing clown, played by Bill Skarsgard. As a big fan of the miniseries, there was always a thought in my mind that would wonder, “what would this movie be like if it were rated R?” Sept. 7th 2017 my curiosity was played out on the big screen for me and I couldn’t be happier.
This movie provided so much as a horror movie and more. Great chemistry with the cast, the suspense and scares, and from what I hear, it is very close to the source material written by Stephen King. Every character shined in their own way and provided great strength in the character they were asked to play. Each member of the Loser’s Club is really entertaining to watch as they provide you with suspense, drama, and especially comedy. What these kids also did was showcase what it is like to be at the age they played. They are foul-mouth, horny, and somewhat lost little devils. Kids swear, they think about sex, they want to please their parents, they want to fit in and this horror film provided you with a good depiction of what it’s like to be a kid.
Then you have the man of the two hours and 5 min movie, Pennywise. What a wonderful performance of silliness and creepiness all done in one. While he may have looked silly and maybe laughable in his clown suit, he was a literal force not to be reckon with. The opening scene will give you an example of what you are in for. From his sadistic and hungry look with his facial expressions to the monstrous voice Skarsgard provides, this clown is not clowning around.
Anyone who didn’t watch the miniseries or read the book will still be wildly entertained by this first-time exposure to the world of Pennywise the Clown and The Loser’s Club.
What kind of Rated R content are you getting with this adaptation:
- The scares are what childhood nightmares come from. Pennywise’s main mission is to scared the shit out of you and to do that he taps into your personal greatest fear, secret, or worry to draw that out. With that being said, you are going to see lots of disturbing imagery. Gross faces and figures. Pennywise even shows a lot of monster looks.
- Also, there will be blood. You are going to see a lot of it. I think there is a difference between seeing violence with blood without being gory. I don’t believe this movie was gory but there is a good amount of blood. I have seen disgusting rated R horror movies and there is not a lot of gory elements you would expect.
- The things that happens in this movie are moments you don’t see happen to kids often and that is where the scares come from. Without getting into detail, what you think will be done off camera or through power of suggestion, most of the time the film actually shows what’s happening. You will say to yourself more than once, “Wow, they went there”. There’s a good amount of bloodshed that keeps it classy if there is such a thing.
IT reminds you of what it’s like to be a kid with imagination and having fears as most kids do with what goes bump in the night. Especially in a town that is known for its simple ways, there is a lot of commentary that is also displayed through the character’s interactions with the adults in the movie. Anything from racism, physical abuse, mental abuse, heartache and dealing with the death of a loved one, even poverty. The backstory of the entity haunting the kids of Derry is explained enough for you to enjoy the movie. This is what The Goonies would have been like had it gotten a larger rating. Super8 could have been this if it wasn’t PG. I believe that this movie will open doors for the horror genre a little bit due to its risk-taking. No one wants to see kids get hurt but this movie proves that it can be done in a smart way. This feature also proves that horror movies can be rated R and still make money. According to Variety it’s breaking records already. While horror movies directed at teens and PG-13 audience are the trend now, there is still room for a horror that is for adults.
In the end, this is a great way to start the number of horror films coming out in the next couple of months. As I am writing this review, I already want to see this movie again. I want to see more about the kids and their separate lives. I wanted more Loser Club antics, I wanted more Pennywise with his shenanigans, and I wanted to know more about the town itself told from the point of view of the selected writers and director Andy Muschietti. I believe they nailed it with this one and I gladly welcome chapter two. Bring it on.
5 out of 5
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