Before I begin this review I’d like to tell you of a nostalgic experience that I was apart of before the movie began.
I arrived at the VUE cinema in Leicester Square where I found myself lining up in a cue of around 300 fellow horror fans and Frightfest regulars that stretched right around the corner and beyond. I was at 1st concerned as to wether I’d get into the screening but then I was informed that theirs 2 screens so I was very relieved…and then very happy. Only 2 other times in history have I ever had to join a large cue for a screening which were Jurassic Park when I was 8 years old and Star Wars: The Force Awakens….Honestly I wish we could do this more often…..wait what I’m I doing again???*checks notes* Oh right! The ‘IT’ Review….
‘Horror remakes’….a phrase that sends chills down the spines of many hardcore horror fans…mainly cause a lot of Horror remakes don’t live up to the original but some have stepped up and made great renditions of the classics we know and love and made them their own. Zach Snyder’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and The recent ‘Hannibal’ tv series (The 1st two seasons) from Bryan Fuller to name a few. But does ‘MAMA’ Director Andrés Muschietti’s vision of one of Stephen Kings most celebrated books live up to the hype….DAMN RIGHT IT DOES!!!
In the small town of Derry, Maine a series of dissappearences start taking place as a group of children called ‘The Losers Club’ are tormented with their worst fears by a supernatural being posing as a clown….But you know this already….What! It’s Stephen Kings IT! One of the most iconic horrors EVER! Most of us have seen The Teleseries with Tim Curry…it’s a masterpiece!!…Well the 1st part anyways.
Ladies and gentlemen to quote Bill Goldberg ‘Believe The Hype’. This film is almost a ‘Film of the year’ contender if it wasn’t for the CGI moments that kinda diminished the dread the audience was feeling at the time. That is the ONE and ONLY negative thing I have to say about this movie. One thing I was not expecting to like about this movie was the FANTASTIC Score that blended so brilliantly with the camera angles, colour and set designs that create drama and tension throughout this 2 Hour+ thrill ride that BTW didn’t feel that long.
The cast (ALL OF THEM) Were great. So much humour, so much emotion, you cared so much about the members of The Losers Club. Each one has a specific fear that pennywise preys upon well….and speaking of Pennywise….When I 1st saw this guy (The sewer scene Obviously) it reminded me of that scene from The Dark Knight when The Joker 1st speaks to the gangsters in that room (Yeah y’all know what scene I’m talking about) I got goosebumps watching Bill Skarsgård’s opening scene tempting georgie. Bill Skarsgård really made Pennywise his own and scared the hell out of the audience throughout. Just wish he had more dialogue.
Overall this is one of the best horror remakes and potential horror film of the year that delivers drama, humour and a lot of scares and great Peformances. Very interested to see how part 2 plays out. 4.5/5
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