A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan
2h15mins (2017) Drama, horror, thriller
Pennywise: [Last word spoken] Fear.
This movie is originally from the author Stephen King. IMDB describes this movie as a group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. This movie stars a cast of young kid actors and Bill Skarsgard as the clown known as Pennywise. With a budget of $35 million, it made a little over $700 million at the box office.
It grossed the largest box office record for any Horror film with a $117.1 million dollar opening weekend. The film’s first teaser trailer generated 197 million views globally within 24 hours of its release, breaking the record that was set by Fast & Furious 8 in 2017 at 139 million views.
In Stephen King’s novel, the Losers Club (The cast of kid actors) must face Pennywise first as children, then decades later as adults. This film only tells of their encounter with it as children. The sequel, which tells the story of the Losers Club as adults, is set to be released on September 6, 2019. I would like to see the next part of this movie knowing what happens when they are adults and they start remembering the clown.
Bill Skarsgård did research into the ‘psycho universe’ to find his own way to perform Pennywise. He got inspiration from The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, The Dark Knight, and The Silence of the Lambs. His own portrayal of Pennywise is interesting, but the acting part of his role was short. The evil clown was more shown in horror ways than acting in scenes.
The first scene is different and a little more brutal in this newer remake. The horror element comes out fast and quick. How it was done quick was done well though. I find the miniseries Pennywise more creepy. The movie takes place in 1989, the same year the miniseries was filmed. The ending is the same for all adaptions of this horror story. I recommend this movie to fans of Stephen King and all kinds of horror films.
Pennywise: [to Eddie] Time to float.
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