The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
A few years back when word on the It remake started spreading across the internet people were outraged. How could you take a beloved Stephen King masterpiece and remake it? How could anyone do a better job as Pennywise than Tim Curry? How could anything capture that same magic that the fan favorite min series did. Well when It finally came down to it, IT managed to make the beloved mini series look like a bad made for tv movie. Nothing against the mini series but that was kids stuff, that ignored most of the book anyway. And how did Bill Skarsgård do as Pennywise, words cannot describe how good, but I will try.
Set during 1988 the story begins with Bill Denbrough giving his little brother Georgie a paper sailboat to play with in the rain. The sailboat floats into a nearby sewer drain, and when Georgie goes to investigate it he comes upon Pennywise The Dancing Clown. Pennywise entices Georgie to come get his boat, then rips off his arm and drags him into the sewer.
We flash forward to the next summer with Bill, still grieving the loss of Georgie and hanging out with his friends, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, Stan Uris, and Beverly Marsh. They call themselves the Losers Club, and have run afoul on local bully/psychopath Henry Bowers and his gang. They also share one thing in common, they have are terrorized by nightmares and visions of their darkest fears. They save a new kid from Henry Bowers named Ben Hanscom who likes to do research on things. His grandfather figured out that the town itself is haunted by an evil entity that arises every 27 years and terrorizes children using their fears against them. The Losers Club has all been targeted, menacing clown, a headless boy, a fountain of blood, a diseased and rotting man, a creepy painting come to life, Mike's parents burning alive, and a phantom Georgie all haunt these kids.
Once they finally put two and two together they decide to battle this evil being that they know as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and confront there deepest fears in terrifying fashion
I cannot praise this film enough. Its without a doubt one of the best films of the year, and the best horror film to come out in close to 10 years. Using blood, jump scares, lighting, and crashing sounds the film will hit you on every level. There is something in here for every horror fan. And the thing that really separate’s it is that it is more than a horror film. Non horror fans will love it as a sort of twisted coming of age story about a group of outcasts who become friends and band together to stop a threat. I wont lie, as weird as it may sound I will put this right up there with Stand By Me (Also written by Stephen King) as one of the top five coming of ages films out there.
With a great 80’s feel and an amazing cast you cannot go wrong. This is probably the best group of young actors to grace the screen. The chemistry they share is second to none. Everything they do plays off perfectly. I also cannot praise Bill Skarsgard enough as his performance is truly terrifying. Gone is the creepy Pennywise we know from the original version, in its place is a new terrifying horror icon who sadly will only be around one more time.
A gripping story, that’s only made better by the fantastic transfer on the Warner Brothers Blu-ray. Everything will come to life while you watch it. And if the movie is not enough its loaded with special features as well.
Pennywise Lives!: Who and what is Pennywise the Clown? Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as the Eater of Worlds, Eater of Children and the Eternal Child.
The Losers’ Club: Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of IT as they bond together during the production, brave their deepest fears and come face-to-face with the demonic Pennywise.
Author of Fear: The Master of Horror unleashes everything you were ever afraid of! Stephen King himself reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear, its effects on his storytelling and the powerful imprint It has made on his own literary universe.
Deleted Scenes: Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film.
From top to bottom this is one of the best films of 2017. Go by it now.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars