Popcorn Addict: IT
I ain't afraid of no clown.
Confession: I have never watched the original IT nor read the book. I also don't hold any malice against clowns (though many of my friends do; some because of this film). I've seen the gifs and memes of Pennywise in the past, but that's about it.
For the few who don't know: IT was a novel written by Stephen King which was turned into a 4-part television (WHAT?! Why did they do this to children?!?!) mini-series and originally broadcast in 1990. The story centers on 7 bullied and outcast preteens who must fight against a demon, who often takes the appearance of Pennywise the Clown, that begins hunting children in their town.
Bill Skarsgard (Atomic Blonde) now portrays Pennywise in this remake. Again, I have not seen Tim Curry's infamous Pennywise in action, but I believe Bill did an excellent job in the opening scene which originally invoked fear in the the minds of many adults and children during the original version. Bravo!
The best part about this remake was the casting. All of the children in the film were strong actors. You became invested in their backstories and their well-beings pretty quickly. Thus, I was more busy rooting for them rather than being afraid. Additionally, the cinematography in the film was excellent. The film was supposed to be set in the 1980s and it was quite believable throughout.
In my opinion, the film wasn't that scary; however, that did not keep me from enjoying the film. I do look forward to Part 2 of the film which *SPOILER* will feature some of the children as now adults having to take on Pennywise and crew. I'm sure with adult actors and characters, the writers and directors can make things a bit more haunting and gory.