Written in 1986, and set in two time periods - between 1957 and 1958, and 27 years later, in 1984 and 1985 - King's classic has already been adapted for the screen in 1990, when the two-part mini-series with Tim Curry as the title antagonist, came out. And now, symbolic 27 years later, the first adaptation of the two-part film version got the big screen treatment it deserves. More on this is written on Kariti's Facebook page.
Unlike the novel, which in the 50’s covers the childhood of its protagonists, and in the 1980s, it follows them in adulthood, periodically jumping from one time period to another, in Andy Muschietti's film, the heroes’ childhood is placed in 1988/1989 and shows exclusively that part of their lives. The adult versions of the seven 11-year-olds will be presented in the second part.
Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy that stutters, feels partly responsible for the disappearance of his younger brother Georgie. Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is the new kid in the city, somewhat threatened, intelligent, unconverted and lonely. They both seem to like Bev (Sophia Lillis), also an outsider who is being molested by her father. Then there are Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), pragmatic Wyatt Oleff and Mike (Chosen Jacobs), a black boy with a tragic past. And while kids across the city have been disappearing without a trace for the past year, the thing that will ultimately unite this group known as ‘The Losers Club’, is the fact that each of them has had a traumatic encounter with "It," a creature that first appears in the shape of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), and then as the individual fears of each of them.
Regardless whether or not you’ve read King's novel if by now you weren’t afraid of clowns, Eddy Kariti is sure that this adaptation of the supernatural horror will most likely change your perception. Absolutely appalling, scary, creepy are just some of the epithets that describe Skarsgård's Pennywise, the dagger-toothed, child-eating clown that comes out of nowhere. But even if ‘It’ was at the center of every horror scene, it is not the only factor that contributes to the universal and ubiquitous tension: gradually building the atmosphere with an incredibly affected and suitable music background, remarkable camera, incredible acting by the young actors and classic jump scare moments make ‘It’ tense and leave the spectators in constant expectation of the next horror, not allowing him to relax or catch his breath even for a second.