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“It” was worth the hype

“It’ was released Sept. 8 and grossed $13.5 million on its opening night.
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“It” was not only one of the best horror movies I have ever seen (and that is saying a lot from someone who loves horror), but was also provocative, uncomfortable and hilarious.

“It” has already broken records in its opening weekend and is now the largest gross horror and R-rated movie.

The film grossed $13.5 million on opening night, making it the third largest- money-making film in 2017, after “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Beauty and the Beast,” according to Variety.

The reason for its success?

“It” takes every turn, shadow and opportunity to make you question reality. Who is safe, what is real, when it will come for you?

The film follows a group of kids who call themselves “The Losers.” The group tries to save its town of Derry, Maine, from horrible disasters that plague the town every 27 years.

Each of the seven “losers” is perfectly cast to fit his or her role. Their on-the-spot banter perfectly mirrors the humor of their age group and provides necessary comic relief in times of stress. You will be screaming one minute and laughing the next. Every scene is carefully thought out to invoke a primal reaction from the audience, whether it be laughter or screams.

The most paramount performance of the film was Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, the clown. Even before the title sequence, Pennywise is terrorizing the town and has started the long list of psychological intimidations and horrific acts that doesn’t let up until the credits roll.

The adaptation was directed by Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti, who chose to separate Skarsgård from the child actors until they had to shoot scenes together. In an interview with IMDb, Muschietti said that it was worth it to get the genuine reactions of terror from the kids.

My one surprise in the movie was that it had a lot more of a storyline than I initially expected. I had never read the book, so going into the theater, I expected to be scared for the entire 135 minutes. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the audience is expected to be as involved in the horrors of each of the characters lives as they are in Pennywise’s life. Each of the seven losers have their own fears in their individual lives that they must overcome in order to defeat Pennywise and save their town. That being said, the clown is not the only monster in town.

I would recommend that everyone see this new version of “It.” Even if you are not a fan of horror movies, the characters and comedy will make a few jump scares worth it.

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