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Connor Macgregor Reviews...It (2017)

Intro: Now it's time to move on to the film of the moment right now. 27 years after the original adaptation in 1990, Warner Bros go for another attempt at breathing new life in one of Stephen King's most famous stories. Will it succeed the original?

Summary: In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.

Scary: Unlike the last version, this one is actually quite a scary film. The jump scares are effective, and you actually get the sense that our main characters are in some kind of danger. The music, the clever camera angles, and the performances make this film much more nerving to watch.

The Cast: It's a strong cast. I felt the kids were great to watch, and full of life too. Comparing them to the 1990 version, I think they're on par and work well as a unit and create a good friendship when fighting Pennywise. As for Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgard is excellent as Pennywise, bringing his own spin and unique take, separating it from Tim Curry's completely.

However: There are one or two things I think the film dropped the ball in. For one, I'm not a fan of the new time period. The 1980s just wasn't nessacary when the 1950s was a perfectly suitable time period to work with. Secondly, several of the backstories and motivations were altered which I thought was a mistake. Like who knows the most about the backstory of Pennywise, as well as the bullies background too.

Overall: This remake is great. Scary, fun, and at the center, a great coming of age tale which is only half done.

Rating: 91% - A