IT: The scariest movie of the year

Addie Detrich, North Staff Writer

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A hauntingly pleasing movie, IT, based on Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel is a hit among teenagers and adults alike. On opening weekend, IT raked in $123.1 million to the box office and is the #1 grossing horror movie of all time.

Some say that the film only arose because of the crazy clown craze back in 2016, and the movie was highly anticipated throughout the summer. The older IT film which aired back in 1990 was also a hit but had old special effects and was based loosely off the book.

One of the things that stood out about the remake were the dynamic characters that are easy to relate to. Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher, makes many life-threatening decisions throughout the story. For example, still having hope in Georgie.

The story begins with Georgie going missing. While the audience knows what took him, they watch the kids figure out the mystery. This assembly of friends go on dangerous and cunning adventures. Most of the journey’s are initiated by Bill’s unconditional hope to find Georgie.

The comic relief definitely comes in from Eddie Kaspbrak and Richie Tozier, played by Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard. Eddie is a young asthmatic who the audience can connect to with his unfailing humor. Richie is an avid curser who can make the audience laugh right in the middle of an intense scene. Beverly, Stanley, Mike and Ben complete the group of clown-fighting kids.

The antagonist is Pennywise the clown, who just happens to live in the sewers. He feeds off of children’s fear and can take on many forms. Bill Skarsgard does an excellent job playing Pennywise, it really adds to the suspenseful tone. The look in his eyes was absolutely heart stopping, especially in the basement scene.

Of the two universal themes that stood out, teamwork, which we saw later in the movie when they found out they had to stay together to defeat the clown, was the most noticeable. The second is facing your fears which comes into play near the end as well when everybody had their own fear to defeat. For example, Bill had to defeat his hope of finding Georgie by stabbing the clown.

In the end, the film is a very captivating experience that left one on the edge of their seat. This was an enjoyable movie experience and everybody should go see IT if you haven’t already.