Fancy seeing a shape-shifting demon under the guise of a clown terrorising young children? Then IT will certainly be up your alley or… down a storm-drain.
Fancy seeing a shape-shifting demon under the guise of a clown terrorising young children? Then IT will certainly be up your alley or… down a storm-drain. Beginning its legacy as a novel by the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, IT began its lavish life as a mini-series, which then morphed into a feature film.
The main characters, the children are forced to band together and face their fears after Pennywise resurfaces after 27 years of dormancy to feed.
Remade to suit a new generation, the remake was released 27 years after the original miniseries; IT (2017) landed in cinemas on September 8. This choice of release was no coincidence however, as the Dancing Clown himself returns every 27 years to have its way with the town of Derry; ordering an all you can eat buffet of children.
The director, known for creating Mama (2013) has proven himself yet again with the 2017 adaptation of IT. The remake is not shy, borrowing stylistic choices and usage of lighting from his former work, it is clear to see that Muschietti has a style which he is adamant on sticking by.
Muschietti twins a musical score composed by Benjamin Wallfisch with captivating screenplay which forces the viewer to be in awe of what is displayed. The director also unapologetically makes the film darker in both its undertones and its overt features. The original was released at a vital time in history, The Aids Epidemic. In this adaptation, the kids are shown cutting themselves to create a blood bond; this was left out in the original to suit its time.
This reimagining also uses surreal and graphic gore to terrify it’s audiences, a different technique from the original.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown has a new aesthetic, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård instead of Tim Curry.
A round of applause is in favour for Argentinian director Andy Muschietti for his portrayal of the children, and how he noted that a fresh interpretation would go smoothly with the film. The kids are inexcusably vulgar, using foul language and inappropriate jokes; it is easier to connect with the children on a personal level.
The portrayal of the menacing Pennywise differs from the original, brandishing a darker look and adopting an increasingly malevolent personality from the outset. Tim Curry displayed a friendly but yet unpredictably psychopathic clown whereas Skarsgård opts to characterise Pennywise as a psychopathic overly friendly clown. There is a difference, I assure you.
Will IT be finding its way into your nightmares?