Being a horror movie fanatic, I was excited to see the remake of Stephen King’s It last weekend. And I wasn’t the only one to feel the hype. It racked-up an enormous $123.1 Million box office during its opening weekend, which according to Warner Brothers, is the best weekend-opening for a horror movie ever.
The movie begins with an impressive opening sequence, as the audience is introduced to Ben Denbrough, our protagonist, his ill-fated little brother Georgie, and the demonic Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Bill Skarsgard, the actor who portrays our antagonist, steals the show as Pennywise, who has come back on a 27-year cycle to terrorize and steal children from a small town in Maine. Jaeden Lieberher, who plays an adolescent Ben, rallies a group of social outcasts to get to the bottom of the Pennywise mystery. The group experiences a few laughs, drama, and ultimately a climatic conclusion that ends the movie on somewhat of a cliffhanger.
Overall, I was happy with the film. It relies heavily on jump-scares and suspense, so if that’s the type of horror that you’re into, then you should be pleased. It is also gruesome, so gore seekers will find their fair share of R rated violence. However, the movie seemed to be quite predictable for me, as I somehow knew how events in the film would play out, despite not having seen the original. And at times, the movie seemed to lose its identity as a horror and came across as a coming-of-age story, due to the emphasis placed on the relationships that form in the group of protagonists, both good and bad. Despite not being a perfect film, It doesn’t disappoint and is definitely worth the ticket price.