On the last day of school a bunch of bullied kids form their own group to try and stand against their peers but are pitted against a shapeshifting demonic clown that is also hunting them.
Nice start off involving two young siblings whom are Bill Denbrough and his kid brother Georgie Denbrough discussing situations in their room as well as Bill mentioning on being sick. Plus a nice moment when Georgie going downstairs in the basement to retrieve something and being afraid with the room looking dark as this was impressive to watch as it looked chilling by how this was all set out thinking something will creep up on him.
Nicely shot out moments with Georgie chasing after the paper made boat his brother made going down a stream into a sewer as this all looked energetic and well focused on him chasing after this object.
Nicely done moments with Georgie talking to the demonic clown Pennywise which looked fun to watch as well as this child giggling and looking happy by what he was talking about which makes you want this innocent boy not to have any harm done to him. Plus there's a real disturbing moment when this poor kid is attackd and nice effects on the clowns sharp teeth too which looked different than the original making it look slightly creepy towards today's standards as well as making you cry after what happens. Plus a good shot on a cat looking in bewilderment. Nice start off to a horror flick.
Nice situations on highschool bullying involving Beverly Marsh which looked different compared to the miniseries when some nasty girls dump garbage over her head in a washroom as this looked unpleasant showing nasty girls than just the boys like from what we saw in the original.
Also a nice moment when it's the last day of school and Beverly talks to the new kid Ben Hanscom and acting charming as the discussions flowed naturally as well as a nice shyness on this boy. This for sure was a nice memorable moment and witty with some of their discussions too.
Good dysfunctional situations with Bill's father bawling him out on using his stuff to figure out on how to find his brother in which the conversations looked pretty intense and leaving a mysterious feel by making you wonder the outcome of it all while we continue to watch on what goes on through the rest of this story.
Also a good moment when Beverly comes home and we have her father coming on strong towards her which looked creepy and leaving a sinking feeling that he molests her as it was powerfully drawn in that way. This scene looked terrifically well done.
Great focused camera shots on her weeping and cutting her hair in a sink which looked drawn in by what she was doing.
Another nice situation with Ben at a library reading and then going down to the basement after hearing something as well as a moment involving Pennywise which was supposed to make you jump but this doesn't do the trick.
However there's a perfect moment with the vicious bullies lead by Henry Bowers assaulting him in a near deadly fashion which makes you watch in suspense and terror wondering if these punks will go too far on what they're doing to him. Things here looked perfectly intense.
The horror gets going pretty nicely when we have one of the bullies Patrick Hockstetter wandering through the storm sewage areas trying to find one of the misfit kids and hears a creepy voice calling to him as well as neat ghoulish characters approaching him as this almost had an Exorcist type of feel on what these things looked like. This for sure looked creepy and can scare people who aren't used to horror films.
Perfect intense situation when Beverly is hearing something from underneath the sink and then blood splatters everywhere as well as pieces of stringed hair from the sink pulling her in as this looked terrifying. With the blood splattering kinda reminded me of a scene used in A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Fun conversations when the misfit gang enjoys some time swimming at a river and having fun as well as Beverly getting flirtatious towards Bill as well as Ben watching and seeming disappointed as this all looked done in a good fashion.
Perfect vengeful moments when the gang starts throwing rocks towards the bullies and winning the battle which leaves a happy feeling that these jerks were taught a lesson.
A cringing moment when Henry is doing target practise with a gun and tries to get his friend to hold a cat as I was thinking to myself NOOOOO!!! It made me hope someone will interruspt him before he does anything.
Also a greatly focused moment when Henry brings a knife to his fathers neck when he's sleeping and people on the TV tell him to do it. It looked intense drawing you in wondering if he actually will but at the same time it looked rather funny too.
Some great adventureous moments when the gang goes to a creepy looking boarded up home to try and put a stop towards Pennywise with one of the kids freaking out when he sees a missing sign about him as well as Bill telling him that this demon is playing games with them all and it's not real. Also some nice suspenseful situations with the struggling that goes on in the house in which you wonder if any of them will be killed along with nice special effects that happens surrounding them.
During the final moments really worked in greatly when the gang goes to the main sewage area to try and find the lost kids and put an end to Pennywise which looked impressive when they try to go down some sort of well but then Henry tries to strangle and pin down Mike Hanlon in the middle of this as this makes you think whether Mike will be forced to kill this punk for trying to prevent him and his friends to continue their journey. Boy does it look suspenseful after these moments come to an end to this punks nasty deeds.
Good CGI effects when they're at the bottom of the well and spots the missing kids floating around the area as well as the scenery looking fantastic with the special effects surrounding this. Plus there's a moment when we think that Georgie is sobbing and approaching Bill wanting to go home but you get a feeling that this isn't really him at all drawing you in more and more by what is going to happen next.
Many perfect adventureous moments with the kids battling against Pennywise with nice moments on this demon changing his presence as well as changing into a wild looking creature. These were one of the most dazzling and powerful moments happening here.
Bottom line is that is a remake that's nearly done right which has different types of happening in many areas plus it doesn't go back and fourth from the flashbacks to present day in which this film takes place just in t he past with the misfit kids. At the end it said chapter 1 so I'm guessing a sequel will happen taking place in the present. I enjoyed this one better than the 2 part miniseries. Worked in fairly well with almost everything that you see piece by piece with some shocking moments the odd times and more intense moments too.
The acting is well performed with a mianly young talented cast. Yet lead actor Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) seemed at times over the top with his stuttering as at times it didn't seem natural enough. Yet he pulled okay energy within whatever he had to do with his part. Does well trying to act brave when trying to make a stand but yet shows off a bit of a frightened attitude which looked impressive and natural. He does okay but just the stuttering parts needed a bit of improvements.
Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) was one of the best in the cast in which he shows off a great shyness to his role and is believeably quiet as well as having a good loner type of behavior. Also knew on how to react upset when he is attacked by onscreen bullies. Plus shows off a nice innocent type of charm to his appeal too. Comes off greatly onto the camera as well so he was a right choice.
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) added alot of beauty and spunk into her part as one of the misfits in which she shows off a great outgoing behavior along with acting believeably flirtatious which she did strongly. Also shows a good intelligence and believeable maturity too. Was great with her speaking too. Plus does well when she acts emotionally upset within whatever she does too. She was also great in reacting to the intense moments as well as showing good blocking while fending for herself. She was a ball of energy for sure and probably the best out of the cast.
Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) showed off a great geeky hyper attitude and really got into his role perfectly well within whatever he did here. He had the right looks and appeal too and studied this part inside out. Does well by grabbing your attention with whatever he had to say and knew on how to talk your head off. Plus had a good brainy type of attitude too.
Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) seemed to also offer a nice hyper and anxious behavior as someone with athsma just really forcing his words out as well as jumping to anything that excites him. He did all of this with perfect style and pizzaz. He seemed to come across as a decent character actor and was impressive all the way.
Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) wasn't too shabby as a demonic clown in which he offers an okay creepy charm during the beginning of his performance but isn't that great either in which he seemed a bit too hokey. Yet I think this was the intention too. Shows off some nice energy when trying to attack someone or acting creepy. He does to part right.
Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers) lived to play the evil head bully in which he had the perfect tough punk kid looks as well as knowing on how to act vicious and violent. Certainly was convincingly wild within whatever he did here as well as showing no mercy which looked dynamic. Springs into action greatly and makes you wonder with his attitude would he be violent enough to kill. Definetely knew on how to get into your face as well as acting perfectly forceful. One of the best cast members.
Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie Denbrough) only had a small role in the film but thought that he was worth mentioning in which he had a perfect cute innocent little boy attotude as well as knowing on how to act giggly or acting nervous coming across natural as well as getting upset or emotionally scared which really maes you want to protect him that he did this part well. I can see him going places.
A childs arm is bitten off
Pennywise reveals a torn off arm
Alot of great dark sounds composed by Benjamin Wallfisch as he has alot of moaning and hissing sounds alot of clanging and other types of gloomy sounds which is suitable for a horror film of today's standards. Plus there's some mellow piano music for the closing credits which seemed to work in well. Also decent classical scoring throughout some scene's of the story. Plus we hear the odd flute sounds as this sounds nice and soft too. All in all the stuff used for this flick was well concentrated.
Georgie Denbrough: NO! NO!
Georgie Denbrough: Bill's gonna kill me!
Pennywise: Hi Georgie! [pause]
Pennywise: What a nice boat. Do you want it back?
Georgie: Um... Yes, please.
Pennywise: You look like a nice boy, I bet you have a lot of friends.
Georgie: Three... but my brother is my best's best.
Pennywise: Where is he?
Georgie: In bed. Sick.
Pennywise: I bet I can cheer him up! I'll give him a ballon. Do you want a ballon too, Georgie?
Georgie: I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers.
Pennywise: Oh! Well, I'm Pennywise, the dancing clown. "Pennywise?". "Yes?", "Meet Georgie". "Georgie, meet Pennywise".
Pennywise: Now we aren't strangers. Are we?
Georgie: What are you doing in the sewer?
Pennywise: A storm blew me away. Blew the whole circus away.
Pennywise: Can you smell the circus, Georgie? There's peanuts... cotton candy... hot dogs... and...
Pennywise: POPCORN! Is that your favorite?
Pennywise: Mine too!
Pennywise: Because they pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop, pop!
Georgie: Hum... I should get going, now.
Pennywise: Oh! Without your boat? You don't wanna lose it Georgie. Bill's gonna kill you! Here. Take it.
Pennywise: Take it, Georgie.
Henry Bowers: My knife! My old man will kill me!
Richie Tozier: Go blow your dad, you mullet wearing asshole!
Richie Tozier: [Richie Tozier] Welcome to the Loser's Club, asshole!
Richie Tozier: I'm sorry, but who invited Molly Ringwald?
Bill Denbrough: We like hanging with you.
Beverly Marsh: [smiling] Thanks.
Bill Denbrough: You shouldn't thank us too much, hanging with us makes you a loser, too.
Stanley Uris: It's summer! We're supposed to be having fun! This isn't fun, it's scary and disgusting.
Richie Tozier: Look at this motherfucker! He's leaking Hamburger Helper!
Mike Hanlon: Bill!
Beverly Marsh: Let him go!
Pennywise: NO! I'll take him! I'll take all of you! I'll feast on your flesh as I feed on your fear... Or... you'll just leave us be... I will take him. Only him, and I will have my long rest and you will all live to grow and thrive and lead *happy* lives, until old age takes you back to the weeds.
Bill Denbrough: Leave!