A group of teenagers is targeted by a supernatural menace, which manifests itself as a scary-ass clown.
Review 2017 by Flytrap
Written by: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman – based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård
Running time: 135 Mins
This a a new version of the Stephen King novel that gave us nightmares about clowns. And red balloons. When children in the small town of Derry start disappearing, a group of teenagers that keep seeing this heinous harlequin resist his malicious machinations and decide to fight back.
Some nice scares in this one. And I have to give kudos to the kids, whose bonding together as a team (The Losers Club) is the real highlight of this flick; Skarsgård is menacingly good as Pennywise. The film was beautifully shot and the score was actually helpful, rather than the blaring cacophony that too often passes for accompaniment these days.
However, there were some times that dragged on and I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. Some of the parents were stereo-typically villainous and the obligatory bully was way over the top.
I predict that Sophia Lillis is going to be a big star.
I’ll give this a recommendation. No mid or post-credit scenes.
Flytrap rating: 8/10
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