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Levy Must-Sees: IT (12/09/2017)

A group of misfit teens band together to destroy a terrifying clown that has been murdering children in their town for centuries

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Dana Levy is a British-Israeli film critic based in London

‘Coulrophobia’ is the term used for a specific phobia of clowns. And once you see the new thriller ‘IT’ you may believe you suffer from it.

‘IT’ is based on the infamous and classic Stephen King novel of the same name and directed by Andy Muschietti (know for ‘Mama’).

The story is set in the 1980’s and begins on a stormy day when a small boy named Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott, seen in ‘Skin’) runs after a paper boat that his older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) made him. The boat is swept down a drain and Georgie follows it straight into the hands of Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgard, recently seen in ‘Atomic Blonde’). Pennywise a terrifying and dribbling clown who looks eerily similar to a certain famous clown of the Golden Arches fame, and disappears.

Georgie’s brother Bill is part of a group of seven teenagers growing up in the town of Derry, Maine. They are considered local outcasts and known at school called ‘The Loser’s Club’. Local bullies frequently attack the members of the gang, targeting each one for a different reason. The ‘Losers’’ inner fears then start coming to life in the form of a monster that they name ‘IT’. Since the founding of Derry, it has been known that every 27 years the monster re-emerges and feeds on the town’s children. The kids of ‘The Loser’s Club’ band together to try and stop ‘IT’ from killing more children, including themselves. This forms a special bond between them, which grows to include their newest member Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis, seen in ‘37’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’).

What makes ‘IT’ stand out from your typical contemporary horror movie is that as it is set in the 80’s, givingn it a nostalgic feel reminiscent of the classic teenage film ‘Stand by Me’. The narrative is strong throughout with a weave of storylines for each of the characters. The emotional power and joy of seeing a group of misfits band together has that rare ability to make you occasionally forget that you are watching a horror film, until the creepy Pennywise the clown appears on the screen and shakes you up all over again. The special effects are also superb, giving certain scenes a painting-like feel.

‘IT’ is definitely worth a watch if you dare.

CAST: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor
DIRECTOR: Andy Muschietti
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros / New line Cinema
UK RELEASE DATE: 8th September 2017
ISRAEL RELEASE DATE: 14th September 2017


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