Stephen King’s best selling book IT was released on September 15th, 1986. In 2017, a movie featuring a whole new perspective of Stephen King’s book was released that was far scarier than the first showing of IT in 1990, almost 27 years earlier. It coincidentally turns out to be the same amount of time IT, better known as “Pennywise,” hibernates between feedings.
The intro to the movie starts off in the cute little town of Derry, Maine, with Georgie Denbrough (played by Jackson Robert Scott) at the young age of six, and his older brother Bill Denbrough (played by Jaeden Lieberher) getting together to build a paper boat for Georgie to take outside and play with in the rain. In the background you can hear Mrs. Sharron Denbrough (played by Pip Dwyer) playing a creepy depressing song on the piano called “Every 27 Years.”
Bill sends his little brother Georgie down into the basement to get sealing glue for the little boat to float in the rain puddles, however this is when we first notice Georgie’s worst fear, yellow glowing eyes, which is actually a light reflecting off of some of their father’s tools. These yellow glowing eyes plays a big role later in Georgie’s death in the sewer.
After Georgie’s death, a whole school year passes by. Bill can be seen leaving school on the last day with a group of boys better known as the Loser’s Club: Richie Tozier (played by Finn Wolfhard) who is a talking, cursing machine, Eddie Kaspbrak (played by Jack Dylan Grazer) who happens to be germaphobic momma’s boy who is always telling the group how gross or unhealthy things are, and Stanley Uris (played by Wyatt Oleff) a coming of age Jew whose biggest fear is a freakish painting of a lady playing the flute that is hanging in his father’s office in the Synagogue.
The group of boys are met with the Town Bullies: Henry Bowers (played by Nicholas Hamilton) whose father is Officer Bowers (played by Stuart Hughes) an emotionally abusive controlling man, Belch Huggins (played by Jake Sim), Victor Criss (played by Logan Thompson), Patrick Hockstetter (played by Owen Teague) who is the hidden homosexual older teen boy. The character Patrick Hockstetter is later murdered by the hidden king of the little town of Derry. Before Patrick is murdered a red balloon floats towards him blocking the view of Pennywise, the red balloon has written on it “I heart Darry” which is meant to represent the shirt Patrick was wearing when he was murdered in the original 1990 film.
After more attacks and showings of Pennywise making himself known to the children of Darry, the Loser’s Club is joined by some new members: Ben Hanscom (played by Jeremy Ray Taylor) who was picked up by the Loser’s Club after a brutal attack by the Town Bullies, Mike Hanlon (played by Chosen Jacobs) a young boy who is homeschooled by his grandfather because his parents died in a house fire a few years before, and Beverly Marsh (played by Sophia Lillis) a brave young girl who is mentally and emotionally abused by her single father, who is an outcast because of a rumor.
The Loser’s Club then comes together to hunt and murder the clown known as Pennywise, but since the kids do not know Pennywise’s name they refer to him as IT. Trials of fear and devastation come along, causing the group to rip apart, until Beverly is taken by Pennywise, reforming the Loser’s Club in an effort to get their friend back. Venturing into the dark abyss of Pennywise’s home, they come to face their deepest fears after finding Beverly floating because Pennywise could not scare her, so he can not feast on her.
After waking her, Pennywise shows up in the form of Bill’s little brother Georgie to tempt Bill
into giving into his fear. Bill responds with force and the rest of the Loser’s Club joins in to end Pennywise once and for all as each member faces their battle with IT. As Pennywise morphs into their biggest fears, the battle continues on for a long time and finally, Pennywise lurks away into a well with his final word being “Fear….”