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“It” – A Coming-of-Age Story with a Demon Clown

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“It” – A Coming-of-Age Story with a Demon Clown

Raquel Guevarra, Reporter

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Ever been scared of clowns?

The clown phenomenon burst onto the scene when It arrived in theaters on September 8, 2017. It is based on the 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by Andres Muschietti, the movie is also a remake on the miniseries that came out in 1990. The cast mostly features child actors including Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley. 

The story takes place in the small town of Derry in Maine with a dark history. Local children have been disappearing one by one, including a little boy named Georgie. Georgie’s older brother Bill is unconvinced that his brother is truly dead and starts to investigate his disappearance. Along the way, Bill partners up with other kids in town who have been experiencing strange happenings as well, including tomboyish Beverly, Richie, Stanley, Eddie, Mike, and Ben. Their worst fears start to haunt each child one by one.

While each fear is unique to each child, they all have one thing in common: the appearance of a clown in Victorian fashion who is referred to as “It” throughout the movie. Slowly they begin to piece together the history of Derry and the demon clown that haunts the town every 27 years by kidnapping children and feeding on their fear to survive. Together they must overcome their fears in order to defeat “It” and save the town from any further child disappearances.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie tremendously. As a moviegoer who is terrified of clowns and horror movies in general, I found myself laughing at some scenes while shrieking at others. The enriching character of Richie, brought to life by Wolfhard, provides much-needed comedy relief. Actors Lillis (Beverly) and Jacobs (Mike) bring diversity to the Losers’ Club as the only female and African-American respectively. It is a brilliant coming-of-age story as Mike and Bill learn how to deal with loss of family, Ben faces bullying, Eddie tries to escape his overprotective mother and fake illnesses, and Beverly deals with an abusive relationship with her father and faces womanhood. It is inspiring to see each kid cope with his or her problems and grow from their experiences by the end of the movie. In addition, the clown himself, played by Bill Skarsgard, almost acts as a catalyst for their growing-up.

In the end, I would recommend this movie to those who can handle a few jump scares. While, yes, there is a killer clown who feeds on children’s fears, the movie does a fantastic job of focusing on the children’s real-world problems before diving into the horror aspect.

 

 

 

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