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“IT” movie review

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Grace Reyes '19, Associate Editor of Pulse

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There has always been some distorted horror behind the red nose and tacky face paint. But, Pennywise the Dancing Clown will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering when he might appear next.

Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel, “IT” emulates and amplifies the suspense of the original publishing without losing its essence.

Due to a well-articulated cast, like Finn Wolfhard, from the popular Netflix series Stranger Things and talented director, Andy Muschietti, who’s best known for “Mama” the cast and crew were able to produce a suspenseful story behind the camera. “IT” maintains its plot throughout the movie while incorporating unexpected humor.

“IT” takes place in a small town in Maine with a gang of misfit pre-teens that come together to fight the child-killing clown. These kids piece together incidents of missing children that date back decades to find out when Pennywise will strike next.

But, behind the suspense and horror of the films lies the bigger picture; the bonding between the kids. “Losers Club” consists of the adolescent outcasts who are drawn together, each having their own tormenting backstory which creates the root of their worst fears and those very fears that Pennywise preys on.

These kids will endure their greatest fears and awaken your very own. Although the film is aimed to terrify you, it will make you laugh as well. In my perspective, the climax wasn’t as intense as I thought it could be but, the film is filled with action-packed imagery.

The final battle between the clown and the kids takes place in an underground, gray water infested, lair where Pennywise will unleash all his powers on the kids. The misfits used the confrontation of their fears against the clown, which might have saved them.

“IT” is a must-see film for anyone willing to face their fears and the final credits suggests that this might not be the last time we see Pennywise.

 

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