Watch IT!


Gracie Ray, Writer

On September 8th, the remake of Stephen King’s novel It was released. This terrifying horror movie made a whopping 123 million opening night. It was definitely one of the scariest movies in a long time. After we were given horror movies with lame jump scares, horribly done prosthetics, and Kristen Stewart acting, they give us IT!  The movie was terrifying, hilarious, and an overall masterpiece.


The remake of Stephen King’s It is about seven young “losers” in Derry, Maine, face an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to eat the town’s children. Bonding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. The miniseries of It in 1990 is an original but the young actors that played the 2017 losers club were outstanding. They brought each character to life on screen. The stars of the losers club were Jack Dylan Grazer who played the germaphobe, Eddie and Finn Wolfhard who plays the very talkative Richie.


“My favorite character from It was Eddie because he had the best comebacks for all of the boys, which made me laugh so hard” Sophomore Alicia Acquistapace said.


Every actor/actress that took a role of a club member, did an outstanding job of bringing the character to life on screen. Stephen King has very specific details on every character he writes about, so the actors/actresses had big shoes to fill. There weren’t any problems with any of the actors’ chemistry because behind the camera, all of the kids formed friendships. The boys would have sleepovers and they genuinely liked one another. During filming, Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise, was specifically kept away from the kids, so they could really catch the kids’ raw reaction to the Pennywise makeup in a scene.


“I think Bill Skarsgård did a good job in the movie because I think he interpreted the character of Pennywise well” Sophomore Ava Hoyord.


This movie masterpiece did not leave anything up to the imagination, which I personally favorite. Unlike most horror movies, the director, Andrés Muschietti, did not lead up to a big reveal. Muschietti, wanted the audience to immediately know what they signed up for. Within 10 minutes of the movie, it showed the terrifying Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgård talking to a young boy while in the sewer. The kids of the losers club cursed quite a bit which was very entertaining and funny to the audience during intense scenes.


“I really enjoyed seeing the long-awaited Pennywise so soon in the movie because it got me excited to see more” Sophomore Will Malec.


The movie has the theme of coming of age for the kids in the losers club. When you first think of Stephen King’s novels or movies based on his writings, you think of horror. His novels and movies are known to be traumatizing, however if you look beyond the surface, you find King’s deeper meanings. “It” showed the different journeys from childhood to adulthood in each member of the “Losers Club”.


The movie is rated R, for violence and language. If you adore any of Stephen King’s work like I do, you will definitely enjoy this movie! Stephen King recently did an interview in which he explains that the movie really brings his novel to life. The movie is terrifying, but when it seems to become too much, one of the kids makes a joke. The kids’ create a great balance of horror and comedy in the film, which was very impressive. Overall the movie did not let down anyone. And is a masterpiece and I would give it a solid A+!


The author of this movie review is Gracie Ray. She is a 10th grader at Bentonville High School, who loves watching movies, especially from the 80’s. She is enrolled in yearbook and takes pictures for a lot of sport events. Gracie is very opinionated about movies and events.