2017-09-13 / Community View

A Stephen King movie worthy of his name

This is not the 'made for TV' version of IT that your parents remember.

This is a, "Holy cow!" version, like the guy that kept yelling at NCG Cinemas-Lapeer on Sunday said.

IT is a terrific blend of suspense and humor that builds into a final scene worthy of all the anticipation.

The movie starts out at the Densbrough house on a rainy day. Bill is making a paper boat for his 7-year-old brother, Georgie. In order to water proof it, Georgie needs to go to the basement and get the wax. The basement is creepy and he doesn't want to go there, but he does, finds the wax and then sprints up the stairs.

Soon enough Georgie is running alongside his boat only to see it slip down a street drain.

As luck would have it, a clown inside the drain has found his boat and offers to give it back. It does not IT go well for Georgie after that.

We are then slowly introduced to the Losers Club, a group of seven kids with no other friends.

They stick up for each other with the local bully/sociopath Henry Bowers and his gang and come to realize they're being terrorized by another, more scary entity, which wakes up every 27 years to feed on local children.

The acting is outstanding, with Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott, Fear the Walking Dead), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things), Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton, The Dark Tower) and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard, Atomic Blonde) especially noteworthy.

Now there is some gore and plenty swearing, no not a good movie to take the kids to. But then, when is a killer clown movie good to take the kids to?

— Lee Morse

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