Movie Review: It

You’ll float too

It is the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel It. It’s directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama) and it stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.

In the small town of Derry, Maine a string of disappearances are plaguing the town. However when a group of kids detected a pattern they are determined to stop the cause behind it,  a demon clown called Pennywise.


The Good

This movie was a lot of fun, one of the most surprising elements of the movie is the amount of comedy it had. One might think It will be a straight up horror movie but the amount of genre that this movie tackled was impressive, from comedy, drama, thriller and it can be considered an adventure film as well as a coming of age story and not to mention the horror side of it. It balances all these elements and it creates a meaty and and thoroughly enjoyable film.

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Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise was great, his creepy and scary portrayal of Pennywise was very fitting and he’s terrifying. Though the loser club also deserves a praise as they were all great, with seven characters to juggle from the movie manages to give each character a moment.

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However three actors stood out having performed great range of emotions. Sophia Lillis, the lone girl in the group was great, she represents a very mature side of the Losers Club while the comedic side was handled perfectly by Finn Wolfhard who plays Richie Tozier. On the other hand Jack Dylan Grazer who plays Eddie is the most sensible one and all these three actors were amazing.


The Bad

There’s not a lot of bad things to say about this movie and if there are it’s very minor however one subtle flaw of the movie is it does every other element of it good, to which the horror part becomes underwhelming. The movie delivers plenty of jump-scares and terrifying imagery. But at a certain point of the movie, you stop being scared as you become invested in the story.


Rating

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Overall It is a hIt, see what I did there, the surprising amount of humor in the film worked a little too well but it did help the movie’s pacing. The Losers Club was fun to watch the raunchy dialogue of the kids will have you laughing throughout the movie however Bill Skarsgard’s fantastic take on Pennywise will leave you terrified. Andy Muschietti is slowly cementing himself as one of the better horror movie director and with this being a huge success we will surely be hearing more about him.

It is a fun, scary and thoroughly enjoyable movie. It’s violent and humorous but it will also make you keep wanting more.

Good Bad 4.2/5
  • Pennywise
  • Terrifying Imagery
  • Hilarious Dialogue
    • Underwhelming Horror

 

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Book Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Dark Tower series is indubitably one of the most popular book series to be produced. With such an impressive achievement on the series. I had high expectations. That said, I was not impressed by this book. I was not disappointed but rather it did nothing to make me look forward to the latter books.

The Gunslinger revolves around the story of Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger). The book tells incredible details about his past likewise it also tells of his pursuit of a mysterious person he calls “The Man in Black”. Upon his travels, The Gunslinger encounters people, villages whom The man in black have also visited. As Roland gather clues, for his pursuit, he realizes that The Man in Black had done disturbing changes to the lives of the people he visited, which without a doubt would also bring significant changes to his.

Reading this book, I can’t help and feel like it’s a roller coaster ride. There are exciting and exhilarating moments such as his visit to the Town of Tull and his fight with Cort, but on the other hand there are moments that just drags on. The dialogue can be quite difficult to understand especially with the overwhelming amount of metaphors that are used. There are times where I personally can’t tell if I’m reading a dialogue or a narration. The themes present in this book are truly fascinating, for it deals with possessions, different dimensions, religious contexts and much more. With all that mashed into one book it still proves to be an enjoyable and a sufficient read to readers who love the fantasy genre.