You'll float too
When I was around the age of 6, my sister had this incredibly creepy piggy bank that she kept in her closet. It had these weird, giant piercing-looking blue eyes and a smile that was equally freakish as the rest of it. I dreaded looking at it because I felt like it followed me wherever I went. Any time I was bugging my sister in her room, she'd slide her closet door to the left and show me that demonic looking pig and I'd bolt out of there with a white streak in my hair. Looking back at it as an adult, I can't understand why I was ever afraid of a ceramic pig of all things. Then again, when you're a kid, you have a natural fear for even the most basic things and you could be scared of just about anything; especially the things that you can't comprehend. When I first read Stephen King's It way back in middle school, I couldn't help but feel like I identified with the kids in the Losers club in both their fears and their camaraderie,
which is one of the enduring strengths of the novel. The other driving strength is the being simply known as It, a mysterious entity who takes the form of a spastic-behaving jester and feasts on children by manipulating their greatest fears to make them vulnerable before consumption. It terrorizes the youth of the town of Derry, where a year earlier he took the life of a little boy named Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), the younger brother of Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Liberher). He and six other kids band together after having come into contact with IT whether they deduce the nightmarish clown is responsible for the disappearance of other kids their age. Eventually referring to themselves as the Losers Club, the kids are determined to uncover the mystery behind It and with the determination of killing It as well. Many things could have gone wrong with this remake since it differs in several ways from the novel such as the setting being moved to the late 80s instead of the late 50s, the deaths of certain characters, and the
exclusion of a certain scene (anyone who's read the book know's what I'm referring to). All changes aside, this version is quite honestly one of the most fulfilling adaptations of any of Stephen King's work; equally being terrifying and thematically enthralling. My biggest worry was that the film would place more emphasis on the terror aspect and avoid exploring the mature subject matters of innocence lost, childhood trauma and the transition into adulthood. Luckily, the themes remain intact and the kids that were casted as the Losers embody the strengths and weaknesses of their characters perfectly, which isn't to say they
undermine Bill Skarsgard's mesmerizing yet ominous performance as the evil clown Pennywise. My one and only gripe is that this adaptation, although quite darker and more profane than the 1990 TV miniseries, is a bit more humorous than it should be. Don't get me wrong, the dirty jokes are funny and are delivered hilariously by Stranger Thing's Finn Wolfhard but at times feels misplaced during some scenes of tension. Besides that, this version of It is incredibly entertaining, genuinely scary, and pays respect to the source material which fans of Stephen King's work will surely appreciate. I enjoyed It more than I expected; it's been a long while since I've seen a horror film that has been able to scare the crap out of me, and I highly recommend it.