This last Friday I went to see It, the new horror film which is an adaptation of Stephen King‘s famous novel. It was the first horror film I ever saw (I get scared way too easily so I usually avoid this genre) and I really enjoyed it. Therefore I decided to share my experience & opinions of the film with you.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Cary Fukunaga, Chase Palmer, Gary Dauberman
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Chosen Jacobs (Mike), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), Nicholas Hamilton (Henry), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie)
As I said, this was my first horror film. I didn’t know what to expect – I knew some basic facts about the novel but I have yet to read it. Plus, you know, I used to hide my Harry Potter books because I was scared of Voldemort – so clearly going to this film was a great idea for someone like me.
First and foremost, I’d just like to appreciate the cast: everyone was just magnificent. All the characters were so believable and they made the story a whole lot more interesting. I was dying to see more of them interacting with each other. My favourite characters by far were Richie and Eddie – they were just hilarious. They brought some light comedy even to the darkest moments and I just really loved them for it. Because when I’m scared and I’m crushing my friend’s hand because of all the nerves, I can really use some laugh. And that’s what they brought.
Also, Pennywise the Dancing Clown was really creepy. I mean, really creepy. When I got home that night, I couldn’t properly fall asleep because I had to check every 15 minutes if there’s a scary clown in my room or not. (Friendly advice: Get some friends to sleep over at yours if you’re easily scared. I really regretted not having one by my side.)
What I most loved about this film is how it combined different genres & moods so effortlessly. I cannot remember a film during which I was equally scared, happy and heartbroken at the same time. (Everytime we got to see Georgie I just wanted to scream and cry. He was adorable.)
All in all, I would really recommend to go watch this film. Probably take a friend with you, you know, just to make sure. It was a great experience and it definitely got me excited for the novel. (And I will surely go to see the second part when that comes out – hopefully I will be a bit braver by then. Although… probably not.)