It (2017) Wednesday, 19 June 2019

It (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong horror themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Step right up.

  • Starring:

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

  • Directed by:

    Andy Muschietti

  • Running time:

    135 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are attacked by the thing they fear the most (clowns/woman with distorted face/mummy/zombies/headless creature/leper, etc), bitten, stabbed, slashed, grabbed, covered in trash, thrown to the ground/through the air/against objects/down a well, shoulder-charged, ridiculed/teased, near-hit by car, pursued, elbowed, restrained, punched, hit with objects, impaled through head/down throat, dragged, covered in black goo, slapped, face-grabbed, tangled in hair, throat-grabbed, pushed, kicked, bludgeoned, shirt-grabbed, whipped with chains, throat-slit. A young boy is shot in the head, sheep are shot/slaughtered (mostly off-screen), a boy orders another boy to hold a cat up for target practice, a father shoots the ground near his son's feet to teach him a lesson. News articles report Easter explosion that killed 88 children (bodies on ground/burning building/debris/severed head in tree seen), missing children, missing townsfolk (91 vanished people), body found by canal, bar burned down. Objects creak/move by themselves. A boy bumps his head and falls over, characters fall over a bridge/down an embankment/through floorboards. Doors kicked in, bottle shot, objects dropped/smashed. Creepy hands appear around doors. A character says his brother is going to kill him, characters say "kill him/kill them all", "I'll feast on your flesh; I feed on your fear". A boy plays a arcade game where character's street fight. Screaming, yelling, roaring, growling, arguing. Shoplifting. Blood/gore: A freakish character appears to feed off a child's face. Floating bodies (children), floating heads (they all float). Decaying child in casket, hanging half-torso, scalp begins to break apart. Arm ripped (bitten) off, broken arm, arm in plaster cast, arm snapped back into place. Very bloody hands/noses/stomach/gashes/cuts/stump/arm/clothing/faces/heads/mouths/foreheads/lips/shin/grazes/scratches/bite marks/hair/objects; blood spray, blood spatter, pooling blood, smeared blood, dried blood, blood spots, dripping blood, words written in blood, bloody handprint. A bathroom is sprayed/covered with blood and gore. Detached limbs, hanging bodies (obscured by curtain), burning rooms seen. A butcher's apron is covered in blood. Children slice their palms and hold hands (blood oath). Characters with scary yellow eyes, eyeballs that move unusually, milky-white eyes, layers of sharp teeth, missing heads/limbs, misshapen heads/bodies, decaying skin, maggot-infested flesh, creepy laughter, contortionism, long sharp claws, shapeshifting; room full of marionettes/clowns covered with sheets. Gunshot wound in centre of forehead, bandages. Giant pile of dead children's personal belongings. Decomposed body covered in worms and maggots, staph infection, aneurysm, AIDS epidemic, trail of bloody clothes, chewed-up hand, skin melted down to the bone mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A father behaves in a predatory manner toward his daughter (incest implied). Kissing, hugging, ogling, flirting, crotch-grabbing. Children go swimming in their underwear. Characters discuss circumcision. Innuendo and joking references to masturbation ("tickle your pickle"), birth control ("saving it for your sister"), sex ("inside your mother"), genitals ("beaver trap"), virginity, oral sex ("blow your dad"). A female character is rumoured to be sexually active ("who did she do? Who didn't she do.")

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (bottles of beer/spirits). Smoking (cigarettes). Drugs (many prescription pills, asthma inhaler). Junkies, cocaine, crackhead house mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss, pee, d*ck, wang, vagina. Name-calling (slut, loser, f*ggot, goons, egg boy, t*ts, retarded, sissies, b*tch, dipsh*t,dirty, monsters, insane, paper man, fags, etc). Religious references and exclamations (I swear to God, damn, oh my God, what the hell, dear God, hell hole, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Scary clowns, fear, losers, bullies, missing children, horror, stuttering, brothers, abusive fathers, hypochondriac mothers, mind tricks, murder, patricide, pacts, friends, monsters.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead brother/son. Dead fathers (patricide). Missing (presumed dead) daughter. Dead parents (fire) mentioned. People call "help me, please". Synagogue, butcher shop settings. Clowns, balloons, thunder, flickering lights, ghostly apparitions, haunted/abandoned house, black lava-goo. Cat, sheep, flies, rat, caged hamster. Taxidermy animals on walls. Drool, burping, spitting, whispering, coughing, vomit. Post-credits audio.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Bold, intense, grim, grisly, graphic, brutal, disturbing, well-paced, hilarious, scary, gorgeous, impressive, twisted, chilling, heartbreaking, exciting, sobering, fun, effective, lively, satisfying. Excellent/solid casting, strong performances, relatable/memorable characters, creepy/shocking/upsetting/effective opening scene, snappy dialogue, inventive score, old-school approach, terrific conclusion; a masterful adaptation of the novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Serviceable, unsurprising, familiar. Slightly repetitive/overstretched, not exactly terrifying, occasionally scattered, uses straightforward/obvious horror tropes, loses rhythm, the more we see Pennywise the less scary he becomes.

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