“When you’re a kid, you think that you’ll always be… protected, and cared for. Then, one day, you realize that’s not true. If you open your eyes, you will see what we’re going through. ‘Cause when you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker. You don’t even know they’re getting closer. Until it’s too late.”
– Stanley Uris

SYNOPSIS: A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, begins hunting children. – via IMDB

So I never actually liked the original It movie, and Pennywise didn’t scare me as a kid. A few years back Ryan posted that It was being redone (and kept us updated), and I felt pretty indifferent towards it. I didn’t think we needed a rehash of the old movie. Then they started releasing posters once a director was ironed out and shooting got underway, as well as the casting for Pennywise, and it looked like it had potential. By the time the teasers dropped and then the trailers, I was convinced that I was definitely tripping out to the cinema to see this.

Well, I had a total blast. I thought the casting was absolutely brilliant. I swear. child actors are so much better nowadays than ever before. They actually get into the roles, they aren’t these awkward little kids who are acting, they come across as the actual characters. I was really impressed with all the kids, truly, and was so stoked to see Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things here, and I am convinced he could have a great career ahead of him – I enjoyed him so much here.

It was put together really well – the score worked with it and it looked really good. While there are a ton of jump scares, there are also slower, creepier moments woven into it, which really works. Muschietti also did a fantastic job of how the story was split – the entire kids section of Stephen King’s novel for this movie, and the secondary adult half for the sequel. Muschietti took the time to give us backstory and personality for all of these kids, because then you actually cared more for them and their battle against this creepy thing in Derry. There was some heart at times and some good development woven in between the blood and the thrills. I also truly appreciated how much of the book made it into the movie, truly.

The humour is subtly balanced into the horror, carefully working to bring some lightness into the dark. I wasn’t always a fan of the CGI though, it was a bit over the top and dodgy at the best of times, and it just didn’t get with the rest of the movie. Obviously this review cannot be written without speaking of the latest Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård. He was the moneymaker here at the end of the day, the draw that got everyone out to the cinema, and the whole movie depends on solid casting for this role, and I think that Skarsgård nailed it. He was creepy, scary, bizarre and plain down gets that wtf vibe down that you expect from Pennywise, and I was impressed. 

I definitely enjoyed this one and can recommend it for a watch. While there are cheap jump scares tossed in, there is also heart and absolutely excellent performances from the cast all round, who share great chemistry. It is shot quite well, and sketchy CGI aside, it works really well. I am truly looking forward to the second part!

22 thoughts on “Review: It (2017)

  1. Natasha says:

    Bestie! So happy to see you up and running again! Woohoo!

    I am very fascinated by this film. The advertising has been nothing short of incredible, and it has gotten hold of me. However, if I choose to go watch it, be ready for MANY spaceshuttle-emojis

    And our favorite little kid from Stranger Things is in here, great motivation!

    Glad you had a blast with it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Zoë says:

      IMAGINE! I am so happy to be back. Gonna catch up on some reading now, too!

      Man, the marketing has been next level for this! HAHAHAHA I am WAITING for it!

      Yeah man, he was good. All the kids in here were excellent actually.

      Absolutely. The more I think on it, the more I think I might have to up the score. I will wait until I watch it again to see.

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  2. Ryan says:

    Definitely with you here. The performances and the Losers’ Club as a whole is why I dug this movie so much. I do wish they would have dialed back a little on the cheap effects, though!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Zoë says:

      Absolutely! Man, the performances really did it for me, and those kids were so great together. Yeah, the effects were a tad sketchy. Okay, more than a tad sometimes.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Ryan says:

    Also, thanks for the mention! Always appreciated 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 You know it!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mr. Bobinsky says:

    It seems that very little modern horror escaped CGI and scare jumps… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      😦 This is so true.


  5. Tom says:

    Great review of a huge movie event my friend! Unfortunately I guess I’m just out on an island on this one. ‘It’ felt like a Marvel film to me. I actually really didn’t like it at all. Though thumbs up to Mr. Skarsgard. He was fun. 😆

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tom 🙂 Ahhhh, no worries, I get that not all movies are for everyone! Pity you didn’t like it more, but glad to hear we are in agreement about our latest Pennywise!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. abbiosbiston says:

    I don’t normally do horror and I haven’t seen the original. I have read the book yeeeears ago and not loved it. Still kinda intrigued…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Zoë says:

      xD With all that said and done, I actually now really wanna hear what you think of this!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. abbiosbiston says:

        Will probably be aaaaages till I see it. I’ve watched like 3 movies in the last year! And only one at the cinema.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. lukebbtt says:

    It was so much more than horror. It was – simply put – a good story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Agreed – it brought more to the table than just scares!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. theipc says:

    Dearest IJB,

    It got It’s laptop working. It is not sure It will be able to be a presence like It once was but It might be able to dabble a little. It has even scheduled a post for tomorrow.

    It did not like the original It, as It might recall, but It might watch this on cable some time.

    It misses It.



    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Kindest PSC,

      OMG OMG OMG YAY! This is the greatest news! It will check out Its post as soon as it goes live!

      It is in agreement about the original, but It thinks that It might like this rendition of It 🙂

      It misses It immensely!

      Much love,


      Liked by 1 person

      1. theipc says:

        Missingest SJJB,

        IT will check It out : )



        Liked by 1 person

  9. table9mutant says:

    Glad you enjoyed this. It’s probably my favorite of the year so far. But I do ADORE Stand By Me & this is just that with some added scary bits. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      It was much better than I expected when the announcement was made. I keep meaning to watch Stand By Me again and I just never get around to it. Someday.

      Liked by 1 person

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