Flash Movie Review: It

THE STUDENT POPULATION of a school forms its own world map, where borders may be harder to determine. Where you may have one group of students coming together for their common love of sports, there could be another batch of kids who form a clique based on their enjoyment of drinking and drugging. To an outsider it may be difficult to see how these individual groups come together, since its formation is more akin to the way magnets attract metal; it is an unseen force yet yields a strong pull. Added to that there may not be any way to visually determine the common attraction. Unlike a bunch of students who are into and always wearing the latest fashion trends, there are individual groups that appear to be well diversified on the surface. One thing to remember about interacting with someone from a clique is that you rarely will be dealing with that person on a one to one basis; they always have the rest of their group to back them up.     BACK DURING MY school years I never really was part of a group or clique; at least I did not think so. I was part of the film club and yearbook committee. What I did not realize was the group of friends I was hanging out with actually formed a clique-those not cool enough to be in one of the popular groups. At the time I thought we all just became friends because we had the same classes together or shared common friends; but maybe it was due to the fact we were easily accessible to each other because no group would accept us. As a result we were always initially left behind from various school activities until we banded together to head out as our own group. Looking at the students I hung out with through adult eyes I can now see we did share some common interests; however, we also had distinct differences. I am sure a good portion of them had no idea what I was going through with being bullied. Having met some of my abusers in my adult life, it was apparent to me they had no idea they were evil. The students in this dramatic horror film at least all knew who was evil.     WITH NO ONE to keep them safe a group of kids come together to protect themselves from an evil clown that has been terrorizing each of them. Starring Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special, Aloha) as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man, 42) as Ben Hanson, Sophia Lillis (37, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things-TV) as Richie Tozier and Bill Skarsgard (Atomic Blonde, Allegiant) as Pennywise; the acting from all of them was surprisingly quite good. I had wished there were more scenes with Bill Skarsgard however. The script for this Stephen King (Carrie, The Shining) novel took an interesting perspective I thought. Where I had wanted more back story to Pennywise, the writers’ focused more on the kids. By doing so I felt they were using a wider definition of “monster.” As for the movie there was more suspense to the scenes than horror; there were only a couple of scenes that had gore and blood. However, there was an over abundance of strong language throughout the film. For me the underlying message of the story was actually a positive one; I connected to it as it brought back memories of my school years. Isn’t that a scary thought?


3 stars                




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 11, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing this one 🙂

  2. Ah, those school years. Looking back I realise how inadequate the teachers were – having joined a secondary school I was singled out by the French teacher who -for a reason I still cannot comprehend – declared to the class that I was useless because I came from a certain primary school. It was the first day -but no one took any notice . . . except me. The horror.
    It is the ending of horror type films that resonate and endure, where good overcomes evil and the not so nice people in the process (like my French teacher) get their comeuppance – we all believe and know it is just a bit of scary fun. After all, there is enough hell on earth to keep us awake at night.
    I might just go and see this – I expect a lot of popcorn will be spilled.

    • Hi James, I had a similar experience when my 7th grade teacher asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grow up. At my turn I said a writer and she told me in front of the class that I would amount to nothing. Nice, right?

      As for this film and your comment about the scary things around us, I think that is why people go to these type of films to escape the real horror. Thank you for you comments and sharing your school story; I appreciate it.

  3. My dislike for clowns is so intense that despite your excellent review and recommendation, I will be skipping this. lol

  4. I loved it and thought the reboot was well-done. Huge King fan and nostalgia 🙂 Good review

  5. Hi very interesting review, please read mine and let me know what you think here: https://filmfrolic.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-humble-review-of-the-new-it-movie/

  6. Absolutely loved the film – like your style of review too, drawing on experiences!

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