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IT: Chapter 1 - 4 Stars

Stephen King’s iconic novel finally triumphs on screen.

A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

Visually this film is exceptional, Bill Skarsgåd’s Pennywise looks haunting. However, this film isn’t petrifying as I excepted. It’s more of a crime-thriller with a supernatural element - which seems to strengthen the script. Not being cliched horror gives the young actors something to work with too, the 8 children give strong performances. It’s a pity we won’t get to see them continue the story in Chapter 2. I found the parents of some of the children to almost be more frightening than Pennywise - it seems the more disturbing, controlling aspects of the parents in the film are more horrific on screen the Pennywise.

Overall while lacking in scares, the storyline, script, visuals and performances are strong. One not to miss.

4 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment

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