It (2017), which is also known as It: Chapter One, is an outstanding downloadable adaptation of the massively popular Stephen King horror novel. Set in the 1980s, the film follows the story of the “Losers’ Club”. Comprised of a variety of outcasts and misfits in the small town of Derry, Maine, the Losers’ Club is a likable group of young adults.
How to Stream or Download It (2017)
You can stream it or you can download It from iTunes. the 2017 movie should not be confused with the 1990 miniseries adaptation. You should also know that the second part of the film, It Chapter Two is to be released on September 6, 2019.
To start streaming or downloading the full movie click on the Download link below the review. The film is available in several language versions with subtitles and audio. Find out if your favorite one, for example, Hindi or Tamil is available. But first, of course, watch the trailer.
And if you like supernatural horror movies also check out and download The Nun.
The Film Review
Plagued by horrific crimes, the town of Derry holds some deep evils. One summer, the Losers’ Club finds themselves knee-deep in the terrifying supernatural happenings. Every twenty-seven years, an evil entity known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) returns to Derry, feeding on children and causing chaos in the shadows. Unless they want to be feasted upon, it’s up to the Losers’ Club to overcome Pennywise and save the town.
It is a very creepy movie, and as an adaptation, pays homage to its source material well. It’s scary, weird, and pushes some boundaries in unexpected ways. Like the Stephen King novel, It feels like a horror rollercoaster, with many inventive ideas and ways to dig under the skin. Although he appears to the Losers’ Club as just a creepy clown, Pennywise is able to morph his scare tactics to prey on each member’s personal fear.
Coming from various backgrounds with a common factor of violence and neglect, each member of the Losers’ Club has something that eats away at them.
During the first portion of the film, we are slowly introduced to each main character, with a focus on what truly scares them the most. The assumed leader of the Losers’ Club, Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) is haunted by his younger brother’s recent disappearance. Along with friends Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), Bill spends his summer off of school trying to search for his missing brother. The crew eventually meet up with Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), an overweight boy who is new in town.
Eventually, Beverly (Sophia Lillis) and Mike (Chosen Jacobs) join the group as well, attempting to help Bill in the search for his brother. Generally speaking, each one of these characters is incredibly likable, written well, and performed with near perfection.
Each cast member stands out in their own regard, including various antagonistic characters. Any good Stephen King story is ripe with evil and terrible characters, and It is no exception. Besides the otherworldly and horrifying Pennywise, the gang has to deal with bullies like Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton), abusive parents, and morally questionable adults. Besides the scary clown, it’s often the other human characters and their lack of empathy that bring the most terror.
To that point, It is quickly paced, and scenes fly by quickly. While most characters get their time in the spotlight, some main characters are glossed over. Specifically, Mike and Ben get less character building than the other kids, and several other characters feel understated.
However, It makes up for the lack of character growth with some unique scares and inventive tricks. Since each member has a differing “worst fear”, the film is able to explore a variety of scary themes without feeling forced. Whether you have a fear of illness, tight spaces, blood, or any number of creepy and disfigured creatures, It will exploit those fears. Depending on your tolerance for horror films, It often feels more “fun” in its horror than disturbing, but plenty of scenes will stick with you long after the credits have rolled.
The Bottom Line. Is It (2017) Any Good?
Overall, It provides a great story with likable characters, and it manages to feel both fresh and nostalgic. The movie might be a bit quick paced in comparison to the novel, but considering the absurd length of the original text, this movie does a good job cramming a lot of content into its runtime. Nearly every performance is top-notch, and Bill Skarsgard absolutely commands every scene he appears in as Pennywise the Clown.
There’s a good mixture of both blood and jump scares, keeping you on your toes and squirming in your seat. It might not be the scariest movie in recent memory, but it’s definitely fun to watch. Besides being a compelling horror story, it’s also quite funny, with plenty of laughs to keep things light. If you’re a fan of the horror genre or of Stephen King’s writing, you’ll surely enjoy It. Plainly put, It stands out as one of the best Stephen King film adaptations of all time.
- Memorable characters and side stories reinforce an already strong plot
- Scares feel earned and true; although there are jump scares, they rarely feel cheap
- Countless noteworthy scenes that cleverly use fun and inventive camera techniques
- Some characters feel underdeveloped
- For true horror junkies, the film may lack impacting scares
- Although necessary for the story, the movie is lengthy for a horror film (2 hours and 15 minutes)