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Nothing says “horror” like sitting in a room surrounded by people chomping away on popcorn and screaming at the slightest provocation for two hours. The latest movie rendition of Stephen King’s It was released over the weekend, bringing quite a buzz with its arrival. The film itself is set largely in the year 1989, following a group of seven children that overcome their worst fears to defeat an entity terrorizing their town.

I knew I was in for something halfway decent when I was carded for my ID two times: once to buy my tickets, and again to enter the theater. This film holds a well-deserved R rating, giving leeway to show much more with gruesome detail than its 1990 predecessor. It did deliver a package of unsettling imagery and gore with a dark and haunting twist.

Anyone that has seen several modern horror movies can appreciate the classics. It brings back a taste of the ‘80s horror genre but falls short in several areas. There is a lot of criticism floating around about the use of CGI in this film, and I would have to agree that it seems out of place. Nothing can match the tangibility of practical effects.

Due to having to cram a huge amount of detail into a two-hour long film, some things felt as if they were missing. Only a couple of the characters felt as if they were somewhat developed and relatable. The others seemed excessive, not offering much to the progression of the story, and forgettable. That being said, I think the acting was solid, considering most of the cast is quite young.

The scenery on the screen was a refreshing mix of bright and sunny or dark and foreboding. The opening scene suggests that the following film will be grim, but it is almost immediately offset with a clear day. This is a great hint to the nature of this film, as it contains a much more uplifting story than most of its kind. A great way to describe It is as a horrific coming-of-age story. Without focusing too much on the meaning of the story, this film carries an obvious message that values friendship and unity to rise above personal struggles. It does not bog itself down with a gloomy atmosphere outside of where it is necessary.

I am a big fan of the classic ‘80s horror genre. Unlike many titles floating around in today’s horror, It stays faithful to the source without being muddled by the urge to thrill. In a way, It contains a bit of that nostalgic charm by focusing on the story of the children and not so much the scares. I would encourage most fans of the original material and its strangers alike to watch this movie. It is a decent horror movie that fits its expectations, which is quite the feat when considering what it had to live up to.

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