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In the small town of Derry, Maine, children are disappearing. In fact, children have been disappearing regularly for almost a century. The fact that small children disappear regularly from Derry, Maine does not seem to deter people from living there or having children.

Yes it is really is mind boggling when you look at it with a sane, logical mind. But this is no sane logical mind.

This is the mind of Mister Stephen King.

Back in Derry, the kids have started disappearing again and nobody seems to give a damn. I mean seriously….nobody seems to care except some kids. And the kids that do care are a bunch of 13 year olds who are systematically bullied by the local teen thugs and are all dealing with their own issues at home that, in true King style, are revealed piece by agonising piece.

I know what some of you are thinking. So what! IT isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s not that scary. But that’s just it. The kids on the screen are not living your nightmare, they are living their own. Just imagine the scariest thing your 13 year old self had to endure, throw in Pennywise the creepiest clown ever and you have got yourself something to be very afraid of.

All these bullied kids eventually find each other and realise that only together can they conquer the horror that has held their small town to ransom these many years.

Unmistakeably King and with a very defined Stand by Me vibe that I found incredibly comforting, I really enjoyed this IT remake. Now, I know this will upset more than a few people but I feel Skarsgard brought an added physical element to his Pennywise that was lacking in the original (sorry Tim). Maybe it’s updated technology or clever camera work but when Pennywise moved, it was very, scary. And that smile……yikes!

The best thing about the movie though are the kids. The young actors bring a genuine warmth to their characters and their burgeoning friendships, when interwoven with the horror that is Pennywise, make for compelling viewing.

4 stars

Director : Andy Muschietti

Starring : Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott

Running Time :  135 minutes

Release Date :  In Cinemas Now