It ‘IT’ is immensely frightening, surprisingly emotional, and thoroughly engaging! With genuine chills throughout its runtime, this first part of the adaptation makes for great horror movie. But what mainly connects you deeply with the primary characters is the delightful warmth skilfully interwoven in the screenplay, making the proceedings even more riveting. If you’re in mood to watch a good scary flick, this one’s highly recommended! “IT” is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The film starts off in the most devilishly scary manner, with the disappearance of a little kid and you know instantly what frightening stuff awaits you in the upcoming scenes. However, what really pulls you in, is the way in which the bond of the group of friends is built up. It gives real heart to the otherwise shuddery plotline. ‘IT’ proficiently deals with themes like the power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes in adulthood, the ugliness lurking behind a façade of small-town quaintness, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice. It’s remarkable how director Andy Muschietti retains (or even amplifies) the horror in Stephen King’s classic, while never losing touch with the emotional connect of the characters. The adept depiction of children’s friendship, creates an affecting story at the film’s core. So engrossing is the narrative, that you hardly realize the 130 odd minutes you spend in the theatre. After a really long time I’ve enjoyed a horror film so much. The performances are top notch too. The second part is coming soon, and I can’t wait to be in the theatre again to watch that one. To sum up then, ‘IT’ is as much a diabolically frightening film, as much it is an emotionally affecting drama about friendship and modern kids. Highly recommended, but only if horror is your cup of tea!