By Daniel Occelli (Mexico City)

 

It is finally here 27 years after the 1990 miniseries and this time it is more true to the books and it couldn’t have been better. Directed by Mama director Andres Muschietti the film focuses only in the first half of the book where we follow our main characters as kids and it stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff and Sophia Lillis as The Losers Club.

I’ve always loved Stephen King, he’s written 3 of my 4 favorite books of all time, and as a kid I never had the guts to read It, when I was a teenager, the miniseries from the 90’s was a must see for some reason, I was born on 1997 and this film still managed to scar a generation, especially because of Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, when I finally watched it I loved it and when I heard they were making a new one I was really nervous and sceptic, but now that I’ve seen It, I can easily tell you, this film is way better than the 1990 version.

I won’t do a comparison between the two, but I will tell you the main reasons why I loved this film so much, first of all, the decision to change the setting to the 80’s was brilliant, especially because of the Stranger Things vibe I felt watching it, nostalgia’s been proven to work every time and this is not an exception. I also loved every character in this film, especially Eddy and Richie, they were hilarious, every line they had stuck the landing, especially with Eddie, he was not intentionally funny but he was still so good in this film. Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise was my biggest fear in this movie and he delivered in every way, his scenes were scary but he was not to serious, he was playful and terrifying like Tim Curry.

The coming of age aspect of the film worked perfectly to me and the writing and directing of this characters and actors couldn’t have been better.

As for the scares I have to say the first time I watched this film I was terrified, it really scared me and not just in the jump-scare scenes, but Pennywise alone made me uncomfortable, he really was a scary character and some scenes were actually scary, but the second time I watched it I could analyze the scenes better and as scary as they were, they didn’t stick with me quite as much.

Another thing I absolutely loved about this film was the score, it was mesmerizing and it played a huge part in this film, it draws you into each scene and it played with your emotions, truly extraordinary. And the soundtrack was fantastic as well, hearing New Kids on the Block and Bust a Move was pretty awesome.

As for negatives I can say maybe some continuity errors that are pretty noticeable upon second viewing, there are a couple of scenes that have those kind of mistakes, and Mike Hanlon played by Chosen Jacobs disappears for a big chunk of the film, I know he isn’t actually in their school but still, you can feel his absence, and it kind of takes you out of the movie, and when he returns it feels kind of forced. 

I will give It a 9.0/10 one of the best films of the year and really a perfect coming of age/horror film that only Stephen King could bring us.

Rating: 4/5

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