Adam’s Analysis: Critical and commercial success of ‘It’ movie


Adam Staudinger, Assistant Web Editor-in-Chief

The newest horror film to get a revamp is Stephen King’s It, a film that has created a lot of buzz from movie goers.

The first onscreen appearance of standout character Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, was way back in 1990. It was originally a two part television miniseries which aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) instead of as a theatrical film.

Actor Tim Curry played Pennywise, setting the standard for the character. Curry is credited with doing a stellar job, giving viewers a very creepy and uncomfortable clown. Most 90s kids that watched the miniseries when it premiered would agree that Curry’s performance gave them nightmares.

Now, 27 years later, the It reboot was released on Sept. 8.

The new It soared in the box office, making 123.1 million dollars in the first weekend alone. The film also set records for largest opening weekend for both a September release and a horror film.

Not only was it a commercial success, but a critical one as well. Critics praise the cast performance, direction, cinematography, special effects, and musical score.

Actor Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise in the remake, and the scare factor. Skarsgard brings a whole new demeanor to the clown, making him childlike and playful while still keeping audiences terrified by his antics.

The biggest difference between the original and the new It is quality. While Curry’s Pennywise was terrifying to many, he was the sole character moving the plot. Both the child and adult actors in the original were criticized for their somewhat boring performances.

The special effects in original are lacking by today’s standards. The limited budget, network restrictions, and time period created fake looking and cheap gags that cannot compare to the modern version.

The 2017 version is a great watch for any horror fan. The actors carry the story along nicely and give authentic performances. There are not only good scares, but good humor as well.

The original and the book have the children (The Losers Club) return as adults to have a final showdown with Pennywise. A sequel to the 2017 film has already been green lit, and will most likely begin production soon. A release date has yet to be announced.

Many people are anxious to see Pennywise and The Losers return to the big screen. Hopefully the directors don’t make audiences wait 27 years for a sequel.