Best Stephen King film since 'The Shining!'
Extremely good horror movie, but extremely violent and profane. Violence/Scariness scores 10/10 and is extra intense/brutal since the victims are all kids. A multiple sheep are killed in slaughter houses with bolt guns to the head. (MILD SPOILER) Within about 5 minutes of the movie, Georgie (who looks about 6-8 years old) gets his arm completely bitten off by Pennywise. He tries to crawl away but is dragged into the sewer. (SPOILER OVER) Pennywise takes form of the kid's worse fear/close family members to lure them into traps. Lots of peril. A monster jumps onto a kid's face, some blood pours from the bite marks, but the kid survives. A kid has a vision of multiple charred hands try to pull a door open, as if a fire was on the other side. A headless man chases a kid around a library. The scariest scene in my opinion is (SPOILER) the projector scene when Pennywise jumps out of the projector. I did not see that coming at all. (SPOILER OVER) Pennywise is scene nibbling on a child's arm and waves it. There is blood on Pennywise and the arm. A kid breaks his arm after falling through the floor and landing on a table. (SPOILER) Bill finds and shoots Georgie in the head with a bolt gun. It at first is emotional and upsetting since Georgie starts crying when the gun is pointed at him, but it turns out to be Pennywise in disguise and gets back up (SPOILER OVER). Pennywise causes lots of scares throughout the movie by distorts himself and moves in unnatural ways (but some are kind of comical), and tries/threatens to eat the kid's flesh. Pennywise is beaten/stabbed with spikes and blunt weapons, but he doesn't seem to be affected for that long and doesn't die from it. There are lots of jump scares throughout. Many scenes of bullying too. Some scenes of bullying are possibly caused by racism. A bully carves his initials on a kids stomach with a switchblade. He tries to run over another kid. He is seen beating a kid with his fists and nearly hits him in the head with a rock, but is interrupted. He steals his abusive dad's gun and shoots a bottle, but takes aim at a cat after, but is interrupted by his dad, who takes the gun and shoots it at his son's feet (his dad is abusive, in case that wasn't clear). The bully (SPOILER) stabs his dad while he sleeps and his dad bleeds to death. A bully thinks he is following a kid into a sewer (armed with using a lighter and spray paint as a flame thrower) but is attacked by Pennywise and is killed (death not shown). A bully is pushed down a well when he tries to kill the "losers" and hits his head on the sides of the well multiple times and (most likely) dies (once again not shown). Another abusive dad attacks his daughter by grabbing her ankles, she escapes and hits him in the head with a toilet tank lid (not clear if he's dead or unconscious). Lots of dead kids are shown from a distance. This may upset sensitive viewers. The ending is very sad and bittersweet, especially since it is accompanied by sad music. Profanity scores 7/10. Kids along with some adults almost constantly say the F-Word and S-Word. Name calling (slut, retard, possibly the N-Word, etc.). Sexual content scores 4/10. 13 year old boys make sexual jokes/references (crabs, virgins, tickle your pickle, etc.) but don't entirely know what they are talking about. It is implied that a girl's father is molesting his daughter. The kids go swimming in a lake at one point of the film wearing bathing suits. Beverly wears a bikini and the boys admire her when she sunbathes. Drugs scores 4/10. Underage kids smoke cigarettes. A girl steal a pack of cigarettes. A bully flicks the butt of a cigarette at a kid and yells at him. Abusive parents appear drunk. A mother of a child makes him take "medicine," but he finds out that they're fake later in the film. Some consumerism too (New Kids on the Block, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Street Fighter, etc.) plus this movie is both a remake and based of the book both by the same title. But the kids are actually pretty well behaved kids (not the bullies) and work together as a team against impossible odds. It is a very scary horror movie, but actually has some funny parts here and there. Bill Skarsgård did a great job at playing the part of Pennywise. The entire cast did a fantastic job in the film, but I think Bill's acting was spectacular. He did a great terrifying performance as Derry's famous horror icon. IT (2017) is sure to be a classic and all horror/Stephen King fans ages 14+ (iffy for 13+) should see.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking