Stephen King says “it is almost as if ‘Stand By Me’ was a trial run for ‘It.’” Horror is simply King’s signature genre, but fans of his 1986 novel know that “It” is much more of a story about how a group of misfit boys come together and confront evil than it is a scary movie.
In fact, it’s not all that scary. I saw it in Dallas the night before it officially opened with a full house of Pennywise fans. There were far more warm-hearted laughs than stone cold gasps, much to my relief.
The story is about The Losers Club, a group of eleven year old boys, all of whom have been bullied, but discover the power of friendship in overcoming the evil clown Pennywise. Best said by Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), “if we stay together, all of us will win.” His brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) has a fatal experience with Pennywise at the beginning of the film and provides the motivation for the boys’ mission during the summer.
Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), an overweight but pivotal member of the club, anchors the boys with his depth and gives the plot the emotional traction needed to draw the audience into the human side of the film.
For example, he has a quiet but sincere crush on the red hair, blue-eyed Bev (Sophia Lillis), the only female member of the club and arguably the most central. He makes his move with her by mailing her a poem, “Your hair is winter fire, January embers, my heart burns there, too.”
“It” (135 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an R rating for violence, horror, and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit http://www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then, plan to see “It” soon.
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