Review: It


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Alice Ottolino, Reporter

Stephen King’s #1 New York Times Bestselling novel “It” is the story of 7 adults who return to their hometown, Derry, Maine, to confront their shared nightmare that haunted them when they were kids. Every 27 years, Pennywise, the terrifying clown, haunts and terrifies kids until they have enough built up fear that he tries to feed off of them.

In the 2017 movie, Pennywise comes back to haunt a different group of children from all the previous stories. These kids are all referred to as the “losers.” One of the kids from the group, Bill, lost his brother a year before. His younger brother, Georgie, went missing and never returned. When these kids are being haunted, and very strange things were happening, they all came together to try and resolve what they’ve been experiencing. They all have somewhat of the same thing happening: Pennywise haunts them. No adults see him, but Pennywise’s targets see him, and every scary thing he wants them to see.

It is by far one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. It’s definitely one of those movies where you need to look, but you don’t know if you truly want to. The storyline of the movie is very interesting, and that is not a bad thing. It kept the entire audience on their toes, not knowing what was going to occur next.

Another good thing about the movie is it was very realistic. It wasn’t all bizarre, but it had some things that have happened in real life. It added a nice thrill factor because most of the audience, if not all, have an irrational fear of clowns. The directors made the movie more intriguing to a wider variety of audience members by adding comedy into the plot as well as horror. The movie did, however, lack interaction with the clown in terms of his dialog. The majority of sound and speaking was from the children, not Pennywise.

I would rate this movie a four out of five. It had very interesting aspects to it that got the audience’s attention. The only reason it’s not a five out of five is because Pennywise didn’t really communicate much with the kids. He just popped up and scared them. Overall, the movie was superb.