Last Friday was a crazed day for movie fanatics, as the highly anticipated film adaptation of renowned Stephen King's horror novel "It" was released in North America. The movie has become the highest grossing opening film for a fall release after earning a total of $117.2 million dollars over the weekend. "It" has also set other box office records including the largest grossing R-rated thriller and the biggest opening for any Stephen King adaptation.
For those who are unaware of the disturbing yet highly-acknowledged storyline, "It" entails a group called "The Loser's Club" who are in search for a supernatural entity, "Pennywise, the Dancing Clown" that haunts the town of Derry every 27 years to feast on its residents particularly young kids. One of the main characters "Bill" is the initiator of the search after his brother "Georgie" gets victimized by the horrifying clown.
The built hype prior the release was expansive, with the official trailer hooking instantly hooking the public's attention as it provided a solid foundation of what is expected and what is to transpire in the movie. The overall 80s vibe of the film makes it in par with current vintage horror trend, lining up it with recent movies such as Annabelle and Insidious. However, it is the terrifying yet visually and aesthetically pleasing scenes that set the movie apart amongst the others. Lessening the jump-scares, "It" has effectively produced each scene with the right amount of suspense and drama, making viewers clench more on the actual storyline rather than its "scary parts".
Apart from the well-composed content, the key actors of the film which are mostly 14 year olds, have successfully fulfilled their roles and carried the film practically deeming the character of Pennywise as secondary. However, there was still great coordination between The Loser's club and the haunting clown because of the superb acting, affirming plot coherence and undeniably playing with everyone's emotional side.
By: Franz Tabora