In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
ActorsStarring: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott, Owen Teague, Logan Thompson, Jake Sim, Javier Botet, Tatum Lee, Steven Williams, Stephen Bogaert, Geoffrey Pounsett, Pip Dwyer, Ari Cohen, Stuart Hughes, Megan Charpentier, David Katzenberg, Cyndy Day, Edie Inksetter, Anthony Ulc, Carter Musselman, Aimee Lenihan, Kylie Lenihan, Sonia Gascón, Elizabeth Saunders, Becky Wolf, Kelly Van der Burg
Stephen King’s story about a supernatural clown preying on children in a small town is updated from the 1950s to 1988, though the time-shift has little noticeable effect. The film has a definite hint of “Stand By Me” about it, but with an added homicidal clown. The child actors do well, and the themes of school bullies and dysfunctional parents are timeless enough to work in any era.
The direction is good, managing to keep the audience on the edge of their seats even through the potentially ponderous 135 minutes that it stretches out over. Every horror cliché is brought out as assorted children are confronted with their worst fears by Pennywise the clown. The odds against them surviving seem long, but if they band together can they defeat the monster?
The movie has done spectacularly well financially on its release, and though horror veterans will find some of the scenes a little corny, the special effects are good and the feeling of small-town America is brought across well. There are some plot holes and the film would be improved further by tighter editing, but this is certainly a superior horror film, and one that finally does justice to a Stephen King story.