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Stephen King's It 2017 Review
Author Stephen King has entertained audiences worldwide with a vast a collection of suspenseful stories throughout the decades but one character is arguably his most terrifying, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Pennywise the Dancing Clown made his debut in Stephen King’s 1986 novel “It” and then in a 1990 a made for television film airing on ABC. The made for-television-film “It” was a combined 4 hour film including commercials airing over 2 nights split between a Part I and Part II. The town of Derry, Maine has an unusually high disappearance rate higher than the national average and Pennywise is directly responsible. He emerges every 27 years to torment the residents of Derry, especially children. A group of 7 friends come together to take a stand against Pennywise after each one of them has had their own frightening experience. Pennywise has the ability to become its prey’s worst fears and they call him It. Part I revolves around the group of friends as kids and Part II as adults decades later. “It” was remade and released on September 8, 2017 in theaters coincidently 27 years after the original. The 1990 and 2017 films each have their differences and similarities. “It” debuted #1 in its first weekend of September 8th-10th generating over 123 million dollars screening in 4,100 theaters.
The “It” film of 2017 begins on a rainy day in October 1988, with Bill helping his little brother Georgie prepare a paper boat for sailing. Bill is sick and stays inside the house cautioning Georgie to be careful sailing his boat along the curb of the street. Georgie is having fun running in the street alongside his boat when it suddenly goes down into the sewer. He is distraught and gets down close the sewer opening in an attempt to get back his boat. Pennywise the Dancing Clown appears startling Georgie. He is visibly confused and uncomfortable but Pennywise gains his trust discussing Georgie’s favorite food, popcorn. A nervous Georgie reaches to retrieve his boat from Pennywise and becomes his latest victim.
The 2017 remake of “It” mostly centers on summer recess 1989 of a small group of friends. School friends Bill, Richie, Eddie, and Stanley are the initial group and then are joined by Ben, the new kid, Beverly, who is perceived as promiscuous, and Mike, who is home schooled. Bill never made peace with his younger brother Georgie’s disappearance and leads in the group into an investigation. Each member of the group encounters a chilling experience with Pennywise and one of them is captured. This directly motivates the group of friends to retaliate and rescue their missing friend. The school bully Henry is intent on killing the group as well.
One of the best methods to determine a good film is its ability to engage the viewer and keep them interested. “It” of 2017 benefits from name recognition and keeps the viewer in constant suspense. The writer, director, cast, and the entire production team all do a great job in retelling the story of Stephen King’s “It”. The music sets the tone for every changing mood, the groups of kids deliver a performance that make you recount your youth and cheer for their survival, Pennywise the Dancing Clown is deathly scary, and director Andy Muschietti captures it all brilliantly. The visual effects of the bloody sink scene featuring Beverly is impressively astounding. The remake of "It" is not bound by the restrictions of the made-for-television 1990 version and it clearly reflected in its Rated R rating. IMDb ranks the “It” remake 8.1 stars out of 10 and Rotten Tomatoes 86%. There is currently a sequel in the works.
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