Review: It (Andy Muschietti, 2017)

When you have a movie where the main antagonistic force is based around toying with people’s fears, is it an inherent detriment if the film lacks a certain nerve-shredding quality itself? Such is the question with It, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama) and based on half of Stephen King’s epic-length novel of the same name, which was previously adapted as a small screen miniseries in 1990.

This is not to say that Muschietti’s scary set-pieces are by any means poor in execution. There are, in fact, several strong examples in the film’s second act, including one revolving around a projector and a foray into a haunted house that goes tits-up to the extreme; special credit to cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon and production designer Claude Paré for their work throughout. The issue is more that the bulk of the frights, particularly those establishing the threat of demonic clown Pennywise in the first act, are very samey…

Full review for The Skinny


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