It is the ‘It’ Movie to See This Year

Kayla Timmerman , Staff Writer

It, released in theaters on September 8th, was a remake of the classic It movie from 1990 based on a book written by Stephen King in 1986. In this movie, a horrifying clown named Pennywise can shapeshift into children’s worst nightmares to hunt and feed off of their fear. No wonder why this movie made so many people afraid of clowns back in the 90s. When Pennywise comes out again in the town of Derry, after his traditional 27 years in hiding, he starts to follow a group of seven kids, dubbed as “The Losers’ Club,” trying to feed off of them and their fear. When other kids start to go missing, these seven kids decide to go against their greatest fears to try to kill Pennywise in order to save their town and have him never return again.

Along with the storyline of kids trying to kill an evil shape-shifting clown, there’s a much deeper meaning to It, which a lot of people completely brush over. “It is not a typical horror film. The message of the movie is actually hope,” said Dan Lin, an It producer, in a New York Times interview. “If we stick together and rely on one another’s strength, loyalty and goodness, we can, like the kids in the film, overcome our fears and the evil in the world.” This is where a lot of the emotional, could-totally-cry moments are put into place. Along with the horror and sweet moments, there is a good amount of comedy from the seven kids, which releases tension in the film. One second there can be a jumpscare, the next a heartfelt moment, then right after you could be laughing. The plot has many opportunities for horror, humor, and heart, and that’s exactly what was given.

It was a book written over three decades ago, with its original film being released just four years later. There’s no doubt the remake was a long, 27 year wait, but it is completely worth it in the end. With millions of people dying to see the film, big bucks were highly expected to be made. According to Variety, “The R-rated horror film made a whopping $123.1 million from 4,103 locations, as of [the Monday morning after its release].” It has the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, just behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There’s no doubt, It was a huge success.

This movie is packed with so many emotions, all wrapped up in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. There is no doubt that this is a movie I recommend everyone see. Whether you love horror, comedy, or bittersweet, everyone can find enjoyment in this movie somehow.


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