Much anticipated by Stephen King fans It has finally hit theaters. With so many of Kings novels having been transferred to television and the big screen already, and with a middling success rate, even in the writers own opinion, we tired to minmise our expectations of this latest retelling.
The real issue with adapting King novels is that its hard to translate Kings tone, and ability to scare from the page of a book, and the readers imagination onto the screen. Nothing ever looks as scary, and that has been the issue with most of the King's film adaptations, and it is the problem with It
The plot will be familiar to all that have read the novel - A group of kids learn their town is in the grip of an evil force — the It—who emerges every 27 years to eat the locals inhabitants, with a particular taste for the children. The It generally takes the form of Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård), an old-school circus clown with menacing eyes who lives in the town’s sewers and whose presence is sometimes announced by an ominous, free-floating red balloon.
Director Andy Muschietti’s It, doesn’t cut very deep and isn’t very scary. Its definitely entertaining, and does a good job of portraying the perspectives of a young group of children, and how they deal with fear, friendship and loyalty.
The film is also has some snappy cinematography, and to be fair some nice building tension and drama in certain scenes, particularly the opening sequence.
However the novelty of the whole thing soon wears thin, and feels not scary, but unfortunately repetitive. This all adds up to a very familar story with Stephen King adaptations - brilliant idea on paper-but on screen a little flat
Rating: 3 out of 5
Written: JW, Editor