It (2017)


  • Directed by Andy Muschietti
  • Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis
  • Written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukanaga
  • Horror
  • Rated R
  • 135 mins.
  • 8 September 2017


After his baby brother, Georgie, goes missing, Bill (Jaden Lieberher) and his friends decide to find out what exactly is menacing the town they live in.

How’s the Story?

I liked it sort of. I was confused a lot at certain parts, but overall, the basic story is good. I liked the flow of it very much, but perhaps that belongs in the writing section? Either way, it’s a pretty solid story, especially for a horror film.

How’s the Acting?

The acting of those kids is incredible. I recognized the kid who talked about his dick all the time as the boy from Stranger Things and Bill as the kid from Midnight Special and wasn’t at all surprised by how good they were. I was astonished by how good every child in this movie was. The girl who played Beverly, Sophia, she was especially incredible. I genuinely loved how good the performances that these kids managed were. It was very commendable.

Not as in tune with the praise I’ve been seeing for Bill Skarsgård. It was a decent job, but Pennywise was mostly CGI so he didn’t really DO very much. So much praise for him when he was just like ‘there’, and all these kids were doing such a more amazing job than him and they haven’t gotten the praise they deserve from what I’ve seen.

If you want to see Bill Skarsgård being a good actor, watch Hemlock Grove. Otherwise, let’s talk about these kids some more!

How’s the Writing/Directing?

There is a lot that I think goes unexplained. Maybe this is normal in horror, I’m not a horror genre person, but I, for one, was kind of annoyed at how many more questions than answers I had overall. I don’t need some “Hercule Poirot explanation breakdown” thing, but I really needed some sort of an idea on what the fuck is going on. Like why do some of the adults seem to know what’s happening and others don’t? Why are the bullies SO FAR BEYOND bullies? They were like ‘attempted murder’, not ‘stole your lunch money’ and nobody did anything??? I just don’t understand very much of what happened in this movie and it distracted me quite a bit.

However, over all, it was really good to see how well they wrote the whole ‘dead baby brother’ thing for Bill. Bill is a great character that’s incredibly believable. Bill and Beverly alone were enough to make up for all the weird shit that I didn’t understand, I think.

How’s the Cinematography?

It’s alright. There’s some kinda shitty CGI, but I don’t really care much about CGI. There are some great shots of the town and stuff like that that make up for the CGI. I do also like the angles that are utilized in this movie. They’re pretty standard horror movie things, but I haven’t seen many more modern horror movies, so to me they were really cool. The number of dutch angle shots alone were really interesting to me. Very unique visuals in this film for my experience. I liked them.

Is It Worth Watching?

It’s good. It’s not anything amazing, but I liked it well enough. I kind of hoped with how people talked about it that it would be AMAZING, but it was still good.

It’s worth the preface that I don’t like horror films often. I often put this preface on comedies that I like when everybody else derides them, because I love them anyways. With this movie, I feel… ‘whatever’. That’s the best way to describe it. I liked the kids, I loved their stories, but Pennywise was kind of ‘whatever’. I didn’t really care much about him or it or whatever. I cared far more about the kids and especially Bill. Bill’s pain for his brother was something I liked. It was heartbreaking and SO easy to understand.

I’m an oldest sister, The thought of losing my baby brother (or either of my baby sisters) is crushing. Bill makes so much sense to me and his story is sooooo raw and emotional. Everything about his situation with Georgie is personal and I felt something for him. I felt a lot of somethings for him. And with Beverly, her gross, rapey dad made you feel for her no matter who you are. It was something intensely personal to feel such real fear of her dad.

But in the end, I find myself wondering what the fuck is going on with this clown monster, how it’s traceable all the way back to the original town charter, and why some of the adults seem to know what’s up and others don’t.

Also, it was gross. I know that’s probably a given, but so much of it was just straight up ‘gross’. I’m not a fan of ‘gross’. Hell, I prefer ‘kind of unrealistic but you get the point’ trauma in sword fights and shit, not full on bloody ickyness. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘well why watch a horror movie?’ and honestly all I can say is that I was curious and I can’t help I don’t like it.

My basic opinion on this film is, “Just watch Super 8, it’s a close enough story in a general sense, but it’s a way better movie!”

My Rating: 6/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.
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