"It" (2017) Is the Best Stephen King Adaptation
"IT" won the 2017 Golden Trailer Awards for Best Horror.
In a small town called Derry, a stuttering kid named Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) gives his younger brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) a paper sailboat. The seven-year-old boy gleefully takes the paper sailboat and goes out in the rain to play but the boat falls down a storm drain/sewer. In an attempt to retrieve the paper sailboat, little Georgie encounters a clown who suddenly appears in the sewer. He introduces himself as "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" (Bill Skarsgard) and lures the kid to move a bit closer to him. Georgie ends up with a severed arm and he is dragged into the sewer.
Bill has high hopes that his little brother is still alive so he recruits his friends Stan (Wyatt Oleff), Richie (Finn Wolfhard) and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) to embark on a mission of finding his brother through a wasteland called the Barrens. Meanwhile, a new kid named Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) discovers unusual facts about the town of Derry where there has been a series of reported missing children and the tragedy has been re-occuring for centuries. He then realizes that the incidents are happening every 27 years. Since Ben is a new kid, his chubby and geeky personality attracts the Bowers gang so he becomes their subject to the usual bullying. While on the run, he crosses path with Bill and his friends at the Barrens.
Later on, a rumored promiscuous girl named Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis) and whom Bill and Ben have a crush on, joins the group. An African American named Mike (Chosen Jacobs) helps out in defending Ben against the Bowers so he also becomes a member of their group called "The Losers Club." The kids encounter terrifying incidents with different forms of monstrous creatures, including a phantom Georgie, and realizes that their fears are out to haunt them in different forms, but they are actually Pennywise. Based from what has been happening in the present and history of Derry, the kids come up with an assumption that "IT" (Pennywise), awakens every 27 years to bring the chidren's fears to life and lure them closer so that he could eat them before returning to hibernation.
Despite the traumatic and terrifying experiences of the kids, they all decide to confront Pennywise so they gather all the courage towards an abandoned house at 29 Neibolt Street --- to get to the well, leading to the sewer where Pennywise is.
What's interesting about it?
There are way too many interesting facts that make "IT" such an entertaining and terrifying film. The different personalities of the kids make up one great and hilariously cute group. Hence, making the film bearable and fun to watch despite the goosebumps and nerve-shattering experience you can get from it. Bill is a stuttering kid and his drive to avenge his younger brother's death makes him the leader of "The Loser's Club." Stan is a Jewish mysophobe and the son of a rabbi though ironically, he isn't interested in religion. Ben, the new chubby kid is such an adorably cute kid but his overweight facade makes him a subject for bullying. Richie a.k.a Trashmouth is a loud mouth and his foul language often gets him into trouble. Eddie is my favorite character because he's a hypochondriac and this makes the movie so hilarious that there was even this one favorite scene of mine where he hates dirt too much but Pennywise throws up this disgusting gooey thing on his face, triggering Eddie to be so furious at Pennywise that he even attacks him saying, "I'm gonna kill you!" Mike is an African American kid who is referred to as an outsider. Lastly, Beverly Marsh is the only rose among the thorns which makes her the center of attraction. She is Bill and Ben's biggest crush and possibly the love of their life.
The different mix of character and the different opinions or mindset of the kids make it very challenging to have one strong group that won't start killing themselves. It makes it very interesting that breaking them apart would actually be very dangerous because it is what Pennywise wants, so when the group becomes solid and finally teams up to conquer "IT," it makes me breathe really hard and sigh on a thought that as long as they are all together, they are safe.
Ben and Eddie are really hilarious in the movie that just seeing them and listening to their dialogue relieves me from that post-movie psycho effect where you still get creeped out at home or even anywhere when you're alone. I have watched the 1989 version of the movie and it is really incomparable to this 2017 "IT" movie because the approach of both films are way too different though the concept is the same.
I would say that this is the best Stephen King adaptation and it even gives me goosebumps that there are very exact details from the book that were made alive in the movie. One very good example was when Georgie was playing a paper sailboat passing the intersection of Jackson and Witcham Street. The stutter chant by Bill was also there and there are just countless of amazing scenes in the film that I would like to watch again if I'd be so brave to do that (which I'm not).
There were definitely some flaws in the movie but what I have in mind don't matter at all now since the movie really is just downright entertaining. Even Pennywise has become such a big curiosity that I have watched Bill Skarsgard's interviews because it fascinates me that he's such a handsome actor transformed into a very despicable and scary Pennywise. His acting is superb and Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Jackson Robert Scott, Nicholas Hamilton and the rest of the Bowers gang all portrayed their characters astoundingly.
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The Main Cast
Bill Skarsgard as "IT"/ Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Bill Istvan Gunther Skarsgard was born on August 9, 1990 in Vallingby, Sweden. Though he has been active as an actor and model since 2000, he was first recognized when he played his first major American film in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) as Matthew. Bill didn't just land a big role of Pennywise in the Stephen King adaptation "IT" but also got a good regular casting in the upcoming web television series called Castle Rock. It is a psychological horror series that is based on the stories of Stephen King. Bill won the European Film Academy's Shooting Stars Award in 2012 at a young age of 21. Aside from "IT," his 2017 movies were Battlecreek and Atomic Blonde.
Jaeden Lieberher as William "Bill" Denbrough
Jaeden Wesley Lieberher was born on January 4, 2003 in Philadephia, Pennsylvania and has been active as an American actor since 2013. He played leading roles in St. Vincent (2014), Midnight Special (2016), The Confirmation (2016) and The Book of Henry (2017). Jaeden will also play a major role as Paul in the upcoming movie The True Adventures of Wolfboy in 2018. In 2014, he was recognized for winning the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Youth in Film and Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male.
Wyatt Oleff as Stanley "Stan" Uris
Wyatt Oleff was born on July 13, 2003 in Chicago, IL. He started his professional acting career in 2012 in the television series Animal Practice but his fame rose when he portrayed the young Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Wyatt also stars in Stranger Things along with actor Finn Wolfhard who also starred in "IT." He had guest appearances on shows such as Once Upon a Time, Scorpion, Shake it Up and Suburgatory.
Jeremy Ray Taylor as Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom
Jeremy Ray Taylor was born on June 2, 2003 in Bluff City, Tennessee. He has been active as an actor since 2011. "IT" is Jeremy's first major film portraying a major role.
Sophia Lillis as Beverly "Bev" Marsh
Sophia Lillis was born on February 13, 2002 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City and has been active as an actress since 2013. Her first acting debut was in the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014). Just like Jeremy, "IT" is also Sophia's first major film portraying a major role.
Finn Wolfhard as Richard "Richie" Tozier
Finn Wolfhard was born on December 23, 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has been active as an actor since 2013. He is best known in the Netflix series Stranger Things as Mike Wheeler which won him an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He will be the voice of Carmen's chief accomplice and friend in the upcoming 2019 Netflix animated educational series Carmen Sandiego.
Jack Dylan Grazer as Edward "Eddie" Kaspbrak
Jack Dylan Grazer was born on September 3, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. He has been active as an actor since 2016. "IT" is jack's first major film.
Chosen Jacobs as Michael "Mike" Hanlon
Chosen Jacobs was born on July 3, 2001 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is an actor, singer and musician and has been active on these different fields since 2014. He is best recognized as Will Grover on the television series from CBS called Hawaii Five-0. "IT" is also the first major film that landed him a starring role but he already won as Best Supporting Actor in the short film Remnants during the Endless Mountains Film Festival.
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2017 "IT" Official Trailer
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