Movie Review: Is “It” better than the book?


Stephen King’s “It” movie adaption hit the big screen in early September, sending horror film fans everywhere into a frenzy. It has reached a high rating of 8/10.

For those who are not familiar with the plot, it’s about a young group of kids who are faced against a killer clown that uses their greatest fears as his weapon. The movie stays true to Stephen King’s book except for the time period in which it takes place; the movie is set in the 80s whereas in the book, it is set in the early 21st century.

The authenticity wasn’t the only thing playing a role in the freights. The cast did a phenomenal job of staying true to their character. Bill Skarsgard did a great job embodying the persona of the demonic, evil clown. Throughout the whole movie, he toys with the kids and makes them believe he is actually their friend. When his sudden crazy clown hostility makes itself more clear, it was all the more shocking.

Director Andy Muschietti clearly sought an opportunity to create a great film and did not hold back. He added in creative elements of humour and humanity, creating a combination of antithetical tones. He brings in a brief lightening moment in the face of extreme danger, making each scene all the more suspenseful.

“It” was a great addition to the number of horror films making it large today. With a talented cast, a creative director and unique approaches to the development of the plot, the film has every component to be an amazing film. The movie forces its audience to create an attachment to the characters, making it all the more suspenseful when we see them in a dilemma. This movie is genuinely frightening and will have you at the edge of your seat. It is the best horror film that has hit the screen in a while. If you have any time on your hands, grab some popcorn, some friends, and give this movie a watch.