Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer and Chosen Jacobs
Director: Andy Muschietti
It is a horror film about a terrifying clown, who lives off children and surfaces in an otherwise normal small town, every twenty-seven years (for it). Pennywise the Dancing Clown has special abilities which help him in his pursuits, here – he can morph into a child’s biggest fear. It is the late eighties and there’s a group of young societal misfits called ‘The Losers Club’ – a fat new kid, who likes to read and research a lot, a foul-taking best friend of the brother of a Pennywise victim (George), a homeschooled orphan, and a sickly boy, are amongst the children on the run from Pennywise’s terrors. All this unravels after Pennywise drags George to a sewer, on a very rainy day – George is never seen in town after that incident. I liked that the movie wraps up with the children promising to hunt down Pennywise for good in the end (if he was to return) and there are no ramblings, which fall off the main plot of the film – the scary relationship that Pennywise shares with young children; given that the scary clown appears a little over every two decades or so, it was very interesting to have a new story bring to surface, what that scary experience of being hunted by a clown feels like for some (new) children. It is a must-watch for lovers of classic horror because it’s a new kind of scary experience – a clown (these days) instead of just entertaining in a silly avatar, also hunts terrifyingly mercilessly.