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 IT (2017)

Clowns have a bad rep as being creepy and, needless to say, this horror tale of a clown that terrorizes the town of Derry, snatching away its children seemingly for hundreds of years does NOT help that profile.  But Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgard) has to deal with the “Loser’s Club,’ a resilient band of kids who have figured out that this evil Bozo has been haunting this town for a loooooong time.  The kids all are collectively excellent – It harkens back to the feel of “Stand By Me,” with a little “Goonies” tossed in.  But here’s my problem with It – after a strong opening when little Georgie encounters Pennywise peeking out the sewer holding his precious homemade boat, which has been swept down during a rainstorm, I think the scares in It don’t compare to the real-life horrors that are also on display throughout the film, mainly displayed by the parents.  Just the scenes with Beverly (Sophia Lillis) and her abusive father (Stephen Bogaert) are extremely unsettling, uncomfortable and, unlike clowns lurking in the sewer, absolutely happening today in this screwed-up world we live it.  THAT’S the stuff that makes Pennywise just another movie monster to me.  That said, the members of the Loser’s Club, especially Lillis, who earns her Molly Ringwald shoutout in the film, and Jaeden Lieberer are really good and that’s what makes It entertaining – not the horror of the clown but rather the camaraderie of this group is where this film excels.  Quite curious to see the sequel down the road when an adult cast will need to match up with these excellent kids as their grown-up versions.

 

TLA one-word review: frightless