Warner Brothers’ second adaptation of the beloved Stephen King novel, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), follows a group of misfit kids that come together when a monster (taking the form of a clown) begins terrorizing and preying upon the town’s children.
This iconic story is equal parts “Stand by Me” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, combining the heartfelt characters and sense of adventure from the former, with the surreal imagery from the latter. Thankfully, what the film seems to understand about the novel, is that the symbolism behind “IT” is far more terrifying than any violence shown on-screen. Surprisingly, the child actors are quite good here and help elevate some of the film’s shortcomings. Horror fans will no doubt be pleased, but the film has enough substance to make the adventure worthwhile for everyone else.