Pennywise, pound the box office. 'It' looks like a hit

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in the horror thriller

The author, alongside the cast and crew of IT, are keen to underline the themes of friendship in this new video feature, which explores the seven members of The Losers' Club. It actually ties directly into Pennywise's - into It's - gruesome backstory, which itself is a major plot point of both the movie and the book it's based on.

Made for about $35 million, "IT" stars Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise, who terrorizes children in Derry, Maine.

Either way, we haven't seen the last of Pennywise. Pennywise, of course, has Georgie's boat in his hand. It's a more suspenseful, less gore-and-jump scares type of horror movie, and it has such wonderful characters and such a compelling story, it's hard not to love the movie. Their summer is riddled with constant disappearances of kids in their small town. I really liked the dorky fat kid named Ben played by Jeremy Ray Taylor. The Losers Club and and their formidable foe Pennywise are back, bigger and better than ever. His "perforamnces" are meant to terrify his victims and get the most fear out of them before he takes them.

And "It" is enjoyable enough as we spend time with the teens bonding.

I liked IT, didn't love IT, so I'm giving "It" a solid B. It will make you squirm even if you aren't afraid of clowns. This time, audiences get a front row seat to how unsafe Pennywise is and it sets the tone for the rest of the film. However, once they do, it's time to take action with an ill-considered plan to deal with this clown! Some early analysis predicted the movie would float at the box office with an estimated $50 million.

Adolescence is terrifying. It is in that transition from kid to adult when it slowly occurs to you very little protects you from the risky realities of a cold, cruel world.

The young actors are, to varying degrees, enjoyable, as well. Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard steals the show, as Richie, with his wildly inappropriate one-liners and constant barrage of mom jokes.

The solid script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") explores themes of friendship, bullying, poor parenting and, of course, fear. The original 1990 miniseries adaptation intertwined the adult characters with the young characters, similar to how the novel tells its story.



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