The IT Factor

From transformation to color representation, our Virginia Connor sits down and talks IT.

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Virginia Connor, Contributing Writer

Clowns are undoubtedly creepy to begin with but when you add flesh eating, children hunting and insanity to the mix, it is hard to beat.

It’s known among the readers of Stephen King’s iconic novel, “IT,” that Pennywise strikes every 27 years. With this known, it can not be a coincidence that there is a 27 year span between the original film (1990) and the modernized version that released on Sept. 8.

Bill Skarsgård does an amazing job transforming his character, Pennywise, from party clown to killer clown. With the pointed lip smile he would use to chase his younger brother, Skarsgård now chases many in their nightmares placing single red balloons in his path. However, he is not your typical killer clown. He toys with the kids, using occasional insane spurts that create a much more surprising affect. He also shapeshifts into many people either to scare or to coax the children he targets. It is never exactly known when Pennywise will attack or just giggle and fade into darkness. This spontaneity makes the IT star so haunting.

Another favorite character of many is Richie Tozier played by the incredible, Finn Wolfhard. Also seen in the hit Netflix original, “Stranger Things,” Wolfhard instills comedic relief throughout the whole film spouting out “your mom” jokes and insults to his group of friends.

The main character, Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher, is seen slowly maturing through the film while on the search for his younger brother, Georgie, who had an interaction with Pennywise and disappeared. Bill’s sense of identity at the end could make this movie not only a horror but a coming-of-age film as well. The young group of seven, calling themselves “The Loser Club,” were drawn out so distinctly that it is clear how their fears make them so vulnerable. Whether it is an overbearing mother, abusive father or a family tragedy, these children are prime targets with a constant battle.

The director, Andy Muschietti, did a fantastic job with creating such a visually pleasing yet extremely horrifying masterpiece. His excellent choice of cast and technical supervision establishes a great setting for a town in harms way. The color scheme and lighting used for this movie was pure genius. For instance, the paper boat scene was all grays, darker blues and blacks and the only eye-popping colors are Georgie’s yellow rain jacket and Pennywise’s red hair and face make up. This avoids any distractions and keeps the focus on the interaction itself. Pennywise’s costume also changes in color now displaying pale eerie cream and a deep red instead of the typical bright rainbow suit.

So far, about $189.1 million have already floated into the box office in the past two weeks and the number continues to grow. Leaving many people hoping they do not have to wait another 27 years for a possible sequel.