Are you afraid of clowns? I certainly hope not, because if you are, chances are you’ve been bombarded by the internet all day regarding the release of the teaser trailer for Stephen King’s IT. Months ago, I expressed cautious optimism at the updated look for Pennywise, now that a trailer is out, we finally get to see the new adaptations come to life!
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the story, the description of the trailer should get you up to speed:
New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (MAMA), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (ALLEGIANT, TV’s HEMLOCK GROVE) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL), Jeremy Ray Taylor (ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s STRANGER THINGS), Wyatt Oleff (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), Chosen Jacobs (COPS AND ROBBERS), Jack Dylan Grazer (TALES OF HALLOWEEN) and Nicholas Hamilton (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC).
As I mentioned before, I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the release of the upcoming remake, and now that we have the first teaser, I’m still pretty enthusiastic. The pacing of this trailer is great, the kids all convey great emotions, the atmosphere is dark and brooding, and the build up to each of the scares are all really well executed. The child actors in particular look as though they all give stellar, emotionally driven performances, no small feet for a cast of kids. The only thing that brings the trailer down is, sadly, Pennywise. Outside of his first appearance in the sewer, his appearances in this trailer appear more like someone trying really hard to look scary rather than someone who simply is scary. Whether or not you like the original, something notable about Tim Curry’s portrayal is that he could play both a clown pretending to be nice to lure in kids, and the vicious monster that haunts the nightmares of everyone who meets him. Granted, this is only a brief look at the character, but this take on Pennywise seems like it’s trying to hard rather than just being naturally menacing. I hope this isn’t the case, but until we get more I will continue to be cautiously optimistic about everything but the new Pennywise.
IT” will be released in theaters worldwide on September 8, 2017.
What do you think of the teaser? Are you looking forward to the new movie or do you think this story should have stayed on the shelf? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!