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Josiah Majors, Reporter

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In 1990, It was released as a two part TV special, and  now 27 years later, It has made its proper entrance onto the big screen.

Both projects were based off the novel It written by the notorious king of horror and suspense, Stephen King.

The story begins in October 1988 when the main character, Bill Denbrough,and little brother Georgie Denbrough suddenly disappears while playing in the street.

This leads Bill and his group of friends dubbed “the Losers” to eventually go searching for Georgie when summer vacation begins.

During their search for Georgie, each “Loser” has an experience with It that differs to whatever each kid is scared of.

Eventually, all the kids realize they are being terrorized by the same creature and finally decide to go kill It once and for all.

The plot may seem lackluster but viewers should keep in mind that the 2017 movie is only the first part of the story. The second part’s release date has yet to be released but was teased at the end of the movie.

It is rated R, but unfortunately that stems more from the dialogue between characters than any disturbing images.

Granted the dialogue between “the Losers” especially is fantastic and feels natural. Their conversations are full of friendly insults filled with crude and immature humor.

It was often reminiscent of the ways my friends would talk to each other as ignorant middle schoolers who didn’t know any better.

The character Richie Tozier played by Finn Wolfhard, most famously known from the Netflix show Stranger Things, carries most of the banter between the kids and by far is the comedic relief.

Even though the dialogue between characters is hilarious, that is also the movie’s biggest problem.

The movie ended up being far more comedic than scary.

Any suspense built up during horror scenes are usually played down by a one liner that kills all tension in the situation.

Plus, the film suffers from generic scare tactics that have been beaten into the ground already.

You have your typical jump scares that are bountiful throughout the movie, but none of them made me jump because I saw them coming from a mile away.

However, I’ll give the film credit  for its direction of not focusing on It completely as the only scare tactic. The movie surprisingly branches out to include other monsters based on each kid’s fear resulting in a nice twist.

Overall, It has its suspenseful moments but the movie ultimately shines because of the cast’s chemistry.

What the movie lacks in horror is left in the background because the movie does a superb job of developing the characters and making them feel like human beings.

It falls best under the category of a suspenseful adventure movie instead of a horror movie.

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