First, I'm thrilled to see this movie doing so well. Along with Get Out's earnings earlier this year (and Annabelle: Creation on its way to crossing $100 million here in the states), the success of IT could really change the way people see and produce horror films.
I've seen the original mini-series for IT, and I'm about halfway through the book. I think this adaptation is a really solid movie with some (mostly) great acting, the standouts for me being Sophia Lillis as Beverly and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. Lillis is perfectly likable, effortlessly portraying Beverly's tough exterior and fragile pysche in a way that makes her both sympathetic and pitiful. Skarsgard as Pennywise is the absolute scene-stealer. When he's not being blown out of proportion with cartoony special effects, his (non)human take on the dancing clown is chilling and unforgettable. He's the reason to see the movie in the theater.
I had a few gripes about the movie:
What did you guys think?