A group of outcast children are hunted by a monster taking the appearance of a clown, who feeds off their fear.

"It" works better as a coming-of-age story than as the terrifying creature-feature it promises to be. While the shape-shifting and fear-inducing antagonist is genuinely terrifying to look at, the narrative faces the problem of fatigue - whereby the more you see the monster, the less of an impact it has. Even though the film has a strong and eerie visual palette, it's the cast that carry it, particularly when the scares become redundant. Despite the frights, this movie proves that a memorable creature isn't enough to keep a feature afloat.

Stefan Sgarioto

Wide Release 7th September 2017
Roadshow Films 135 mins