Directed by Andy Muschietti. Written by Chase Palmer, Gary Dauberman, Cary Fukunaga (based on the novel by Stephen King). Starring Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jackson Robert Scott, Nicholas Hamilton, Steven Williams and Bill Skarsgard.
Plot: a group of bullied kids band together to hunt a monster taking the shape of a clown
When the movie starts, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the creepy ass clown (Skarsgard), kills Bill’s (Lieberher), little brother Georgie (Scott). It’s very graphic and very messed up, but we love it. If you don’t like blood, or clowns or child death though, skip this one now.
Anywho, Bill has several good friends, Stanley (Oleff) who is a Jew afraid of a creepy nun in a painting; Eddie (Grazer) who has a “touching” relationship with his mother and is terrified of germs; and Richie (Wolfhard) who always has jokes, but is desperately afraid of clowns. Sucks to be him. Over the summer, they make new friends. A girl by the name of Beverly (Lillis) who has an unhealthy relationship with her father; the new kid, Ben (Taylor), who has a crush on Bev (same as Bill) and is tortured by Henry Bowers (Hamilton) possibly even worse than the others; and Mike (Jacobs), a home-schooled kid whose parents died in a fire and now lives on a farm with his grandfather who expects him to kill animals he doesn’t want to kill.
I’ll tell you that in the first little bit of the movie, they’re all scared of something that comes after them. Stanley has the terrifying nun come out of the painting, Ben sees a man with no head in the library that chases him before turning into Pennywise, Mike sees people burning and screaming in a building, Eddie is chased by a leper, etc. etc. And that’s all I’m going to tell you.
If you’ve read the book, you’ll be excited to see the leper involved in this one, but a little disappointed that there is no mummy or wolfman. Maybe they’ll be in the sequel though. Who knows? Also, slight change, Ben is into the history in this movie, not Mike. It’s an odd little change. Not sure why they did it, but it didn’t take away from anything, so…
There was very impressive acting all around, but the young ones should be given extra credit, they did so well. The specials were creepy as hell, as was Pennywise’s make-up. It was realistic, fun, we jumped like 87 times and we loved all the New Kids on the Block references. The direction was amazing, also. The only bad thing about this is that DJ didn’t always like Bill’s gung-ho, GI Joe attitude. And he also thought that Richie wasn’t as funny in this one, which I do kinda have to agree with.
Still, it was an almost perfect Chapter One and we’re very much looking forward to Chapter Two. We highly recommend you see this movie if you haven’t already. It is so worth it.
Our score: 94.