[REVIEW] 'It' Joins the Ranks of Stephen King Greats

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Before the new film version of Stephen King's It opened this weekend to record-smashing box office success ($123 million at the USA box office alone), Warner Bros. She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen.

The movie, released last weekend, centers around a demonic shape-shifting alien known best as Pennywise the Clown who preys on the fears of children in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.

It's nearly impossible to go into this movie without comparing Skarsgård's portrayal of the character to Curry's iconic 1990 version. "In the book the perspective of the writing.is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in absurdity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what's on the other side".

One thing that Skarsgard - who's been seen in the movie Allegiant and the Netflix series Hemlock Grove - wanted to avoid was a rehash of the 1990 miniseries based on the book, in which Pennywise was memorably portrayed by Tim Curry. This is one of those rare occasions where every single kid actor in the film is perfectly cast.

Even though she wasn't the biggest character, she certainly was the most interesting and dynamic and watching Lillis embody her so well was incredibly enjoyable. "It" does exactly what it came to do, but left me wanting more. Practically abandoned by adults too self-absorbed or too paranormally stupefied by the monster to help them, the children must take matters into their own hands, becoming the extramundane equivalent of latchkey kids: mom and dad aren't around, so they have to slay the Eternal Eater of Worlds by themselves. The misfits and outcasts who make up the school's self-styled Losers Club are wonderfully presented, each given distinct personality - and individual phobia or fear. That is about the fate of Henry Bowers. Muschiettie continued. "He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him".

There's nothing in particular that would lend itself to larger formats, like Cinemark's XD. The fourth season of BoJack Horseman features a subplot about scary clown dentists, which, honestly, is a new subset of clown horror that I had never before considered, so I have to give a shout-out to the BoJack team for being pioneers in this otherwise thoroughly explored circus ring.

Without spoiling anything, there are some truly horrifying people in Derry who can be nearly as disturbing, if not more so, than "It". While plenty of people have expressed an understandable reluctance to indulge in watching a killer clown feast on children, "It" fits the mold of coming-of-age classics much closer than the horror genre.