Direction: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård
Music: Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematographer: Chung-hoon Chung
Editor: Jason Ballantine
What is it about: It’s a supernatural horror film based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name. Where 7 children in “Derry, Maine” who are terrorized by a Clown, and a struggle to fight their own demons directed by Andy Muschietti.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: There’s a beauty which was perfected by the director Andy, who took a stupendous novel of Stephen King and that too half an adaptation. Even though it poses to be a horror flick, but it doesn’t scare you much. It has its scary moments which are really scary and there’s an emotional quotient which brushes through the bond of “Stranger Things”. If you’re looking for a full-fledged horror film, it’s not your outing. It has been distributed at apt intervals.
In spite of the genre it has an unexpected comedy twist to it which the audiences loved it endlessly throughout and that was perfectly balanced with a drama which held all the factors strong. The narration was pretty tight and it’s well submerged in to a screenplay which has a neat ring throughout. And how can you forget that romantic angle infused in to a horror flick, and too a triangle, it was meticulously played out.
The characters in the film were very strong, couldn’t have asked for better performers all the kids were amazing.
Jaeden Lieberher as “Bill” was a perfect stutter he was spot on and did a great job. Jeremy Ray Taylor as “Ben” was sweet a typical fat kid in American set up and he nailed the character. Sophia Lillis as “Bev” was breezy and dreamy, she can dish out a strong performance. Wyatt Oleff as “Stan” was perfect, Chosen Jacobs as “Mike” was apt in the ensemble. Then there were two eccentric characters who stole the comedy effortlessly. They were Jack Dylan Grazer as “Eddie” & Finn Wolfhard as “Richie”, they were impeccable with their timing and my god they can swear way better than any grown-up and can trash talk like it’s nothing.
Yes of course how can we forget the central character around who the entire film is wrapped around, Bill Skarsgård as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown was great and was creepy as hell. He did a commendable job.
The cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung was edgy and dark with a perfect tone. It was crisply edited by Jason Ballantine. The music by Benjamin Wallfisch was eerie.
Verdict: Andy, did a great job in adapting this novel and turn it in to a cinema. And it was tastefully done keeping the sanity between the genres. Being a duology it most definitely leaves the audience wanting more. Definitely worth a watch.