Updated: Sep 5, 2022
A lesson on stranger danger, Novel aside, This popular remake is great. For a cool thirty five million dollar budget the movie looks really good. Andy Muschietti does not have a ton of directing experience but does a respectable job here. The iconic opening scene introduces the cross eyed antagonist and starts pulling at your heartstrings with the cast of lovable underdogs. Bill Skarsgard is the perfect Pennywise. His smile and voice are perfectly unique. The story is strong and focuses on the children and all the intersecting relationships. The good mix of characters, drama and backstories fuel a variety of different types of scares, is well filmed and well casted. Jaeden Martell plays the neurotic lead Bill. Sophia lillis plays the lead female roles rivaling the best performances of the film. Some gore, few jump scares this lengthy film is consistently scary throughout. The overall story of kids facing their fears is not unique to horror. This story is different, full of nostalgia, viewing the experience threw the kids experiences is different. This a great movie for any casual horror fan and good to introduce new people to horror. While terrifying this movie pulls it off with no nudity, some violence or not too much gore. This film has a good variety of types of scare, it has a haunted house, zombies, monsters, slashers, adventures and might gross you out. I really enjoy this movie, I give it an 8.5 out of 10. This film has flaws but no film is perfect. I love the updated look of Pennywise.
"Nothing like a little fear to make a paper man crumble" - Officer Bowers.