By Thomas Maranian

The newest adaptation to Stephen King’s New York Times bestseller has had a spectacular opening turnout, bringing in domestic revenue well over $200 million to the box office. It has reached over $400 million in revenue globally. The film has also earned the ranking of #1 for R-rated horror movies of all time.

Compared to the release of the 1990 version, the 2017 film was a completely new experience for audiences who had seen the original beforehand. Unlike the 90s counterpart, this release focused entirely on the early days of the childhood plot of Stephen King’s best seller and completely overlooked the characters adult life. The film jumped into the action right away. A team made up of modern day actors and actresses portrayed the lives of seven totally divergent children who each carried the burden of various problematic characteristics ranging from obesity, to speech impediment, to bearing the burden of being seen as a slut. By bringing together seven characters who all got bullied for their problems, the film truly provokes a sense of pity and remorse for them.

Fear. It’s what goes around and comes around. Everyone has a fear of something, whether they want to admit it or not. Some people say they don’t have fears while some say they have plenty. The only time someone can be brave is when they are afraid. If you let fear control you, it will consume you until there is nothing left of you but fear itself. The only solution to the problem is in fact, the opposite – you must control your fears.

Coming out of the darkness every 27 years, the child-killer, Pennywise, certainly had a way of instilling fear upon his victims. By taking on the image of each child’s worst fear, he was a true demon for them all. Only by forming a bond of fellowship are the characters able to be brave and fight for their futures.

Many themes were examined throughout the course of this film but the most important were the fellowship of love and family, as well as the idea that fear can only be overcome if you face it. Waiting for others to address your problems for you will never be beneficial to you. You have to work as a team to combat something bigger than you. The family bond created during their summer enabled the seven to solve both a mystery and a horror for the fictional town of Derry, Maine.

There were countless jump scares throughout the film that satisfied the genre of ‘Horror’ but the childhood bonding moments trumped the darkness in every way. These scenes created an impactful message that even in times of complete chaos and distress, there are ways of getting through it all. In the case of the children, they became more than friends in that one summer. They became family. As a family, they looked after each other to the very end of all things despite what was tearing them apart.

There certainly was a lot of swearing included. Swearing is useful in some ways while in others, it is not so much. Profanity and vulgar language was used in almost every sentence spoken, despite the characters being very young children. At some points it was effective for humor but at others, it seemed forced and immature. The film was very much modernized from the original and based the language context off of today’s society.

Overall, the movie had impressive messages associated with the storyline, just like the original film of the 90s. In the broad perspective of all things, anything is possible when your heart is set on solving a problem. Teamwork, when under the influence of a great leader, can always beat a one-person job. Creating close bonds with your friends and creating memorable moments is the best thing a kid can do. There were a few instances where giving up seemed like a better option but giving up is never an option. ‘It’ is well worth the watch and highly recommended for everyone, including children, to see despite it being an R-rated film. You will learn a great deal about yourself, your virtues, and what you are capable of. If you want to dig deeper into the story of Pennywise and the seven, pick up a copy of the 1,138-page best seller to examine in more detail the story of Derry, Maine.

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