As the film goes on, each member of the club has their own experience with a unusual entity in the form of Pennywise the dancing clown, or "It" as the kids refer to him.
By summer 1989, many more children in Derry, Maine, have vanished.
So far, IT is making a lot of money for a horror movie, and a lot of praise is going to Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise as well as the kids in the Losers Club. This is a portion of the book that was cut out of the first movie, but will certainly be of importance in the sequel.
Those issues are easy to overlook, however, thanks to the performance of the child actors. If you saw him out and about, you would probably do a double take because of his incredibly sharp jawline and big green eyes instead of recognizing him from a horror movie. The characters, dialogue and even some of the story beats just feel right. Fear creates vulnerability. In this case, Pennywise the Clown takes your biggest fear and constantly uses that fear to cripple your capabilities. This makes him all the more terrifying when he comes for his victims.
Comparing his version of Pennywise to the one from 1990, played by Tim Curry, Skarsgård's depiction strays away from the typical circus clown look and depicts what one would imagine a killer clown to be. Andy Muschietti directs a script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga.
On the chat show, Skarsgård wasted no time in showing off that creepy clown crease, much to the horror of Conan and his audience. By filming in twisted angles, quick cuts and wide shots, it intensifies the horror of the story. Pennywise moves outside of the normal realm of human movement, and it's clearly fake.
All of the Losers have their own backstories (some, specifically Bill and Beverly, are developed more than others) and distinct personalities.
The film follows in the tradition of another Stephen King book-turned-film, "Stand by Me", as well as many Spielbergian pictures such as "E.T.", "The Goonies" and "Super 8". So many times with remakes, the film companies mess around with a perfectly good movie and destroy it.