Stephen King is one of the greatest writers going, I mean nearly every one of his books has been adapted on the big or small screen. It has been adapted before, I’ve not seen the original film but I’m a fan of King’s other stories so I decided to give this a go…
So for those of you like myself that weren’t familiar with the story it’s basically in short, a film about an evil shape-shifting clown that eats children (and maybe adults). I don’t really like clowns so I’ll be honest I did get a bit creeped out by this, despite it’s 15 age rating.
The acting in this film is brilliant, considering there’s no big hollywood in this movie I thought it was really well cast. There’s only two actors I recognized, both star in two Netflix series but I’m sure they’ll go on to do other things after their performance in this movie. BillSkarsgård is fantastic as Pennywise the clown, I first saw him in a Netflix series called, ‘Hemlock Grove‘ which is worth a watch itself. Now I’ve seen my fair share of bad child actors in films but the cast are all brilliant in this.
The effects in this movie are great, it wasn’t given the biggest of budgets compared to a lot of movies out there and because of this, made a killer profit at the box office! The makeup FX for Pennywise was spot on, less is more sometimes and he looked so creepy so well done guys!
I really enjoyed this film, there’s some light humor in it and great sarcasm. It actually references Molly Ringwald at one point and I think in doing so makes you think of ‘The Breakfast Club‘ which is a film about a group of ‘misfits’ banding together (sound familiar?).
I think this film cause have been made so much darker if it was given the 18 age rating the original was but director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that a sequel is in the works and set to be released in September 2019. The sequel will tell the story of the second half of the book where Pennywise returns 27 years later. The cast have all said who they would like to play their characters in the second film and I’ve got to say there’s some pretty good choices… I will be doing a further blog post about my thoughts on these choices and who I think should play them also so please do look out for it soon.
Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving the film a solid 8, the story was always going to be great as it’s written by King and acting, effects and everything else is all gooood! 8/10