Here’s the deal. I went through a phase of life where I was entranced by horror, thriller, suspense movies. Then, seemingly overnight, or perhaps because the genre shifted to more concerted focus on psychological thrillers over jump-scare riddled stories, I stopped seeking them out.
In the past year, I’ve been drawn right back into the genre. If I see a new horror flick coming out, it’s a top-of-the-opening-weekend-list selection. In particular, I’m captivated by the potential trainwreck of a classic, horror remake brings to the table in addition to having the crap scared out of me.
When I saw that there was an It remake in the works, I was skeptical and intrigued. As the cast came together, even more so. Then the release date hit the universe and I knew exactly where I would be on September 8, 2017.
So, without further ado, here are five reasons you’ll float away watching the 2017 version of the classic film, It:
1. Bill Skarsgård is creepy AF as Pennywise.
I’ve read my fair share of objectified articles talking about how sexy AF Bill Skarsgård is, but good lord did that man pull off the ultimate creepy factor as Pennywise. That sinister smile could make the most stone cold heart quiver. There’s something about how he delivered his lines that were captivating to me as well. There was an inviting yet frantic, and at times terrifying, way he spoke that gave me sheeting chills every time he opened that gorgeous mouth of his.
2. The film is visually stunning.
Chung-hoon Chung did a phenomenal job with the cinematography of this film. The set production was out of this world. It was a combination of daunting and serene. I was especially impressed with the location where Pennywise lives. Breathtaking, to say the least.
3. Finn Wolfhard will make you want to be a cooler human.
Having fallen hard and fast down the Stranger Things rabbit hole on Netflix when it first premiered, I was already smitten with this kid. He is wildly talented, not only as a child actor but as a general human being actor. His performance in It will make you want to grow up to be him someday. As soon as possible.
4. The pacing is impeccable.
Another reason I stopped watching the horror genre all those years ago was that most of the films that were being released were painfully slow. It was common, almost too much so, that I’d get bored at one or more parts of the movie. The pacing was drawn out for dramatic effect, yet the effect was more annoyed than anything else. Totally not the case with It. I think that the visual care they took with the story as well as the phenomenal writing (that I’ll get into next), managed to carry the lulls in dialogue or action in a way that doesn’t allow for your attention to wane or waver.
5. The dialogue is so well written and performed.
Holy. Shit. The writing. Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman really nailed it with this movie. I’ve told many people who have asked me what I thought about the film that I honestly thought it was way funnier than it was scary. But not in the sense that it was a cheesy, horror comedy. It was just intelligently smart in all of the right places. A lot of it has to do with the cast of characters. Every last one of them embraced their role so incredibly, it seems near impossible that it could have played out any other way.
Have you seen It? Do you agree with me on this? Disagree? Let’s talk about it in the comments!