A self confessed coward, I rarely gather the courage to watch horror movies. I tend to take the ghosts home, long after the movie is over, and my imaginative mind gives them a home both in my head, and under the bed. With the conscious effort of stepping out of my comfort zone, I convinced myself to watch Andrés Muschietti’s IT. ‘How hard could it be?’ I thought, with no prior knowledge of the movie or its reviews. All I saw was a clown and a balloon, and convinced myself that it would be just another attempt at horror, eventually evolving as funny more than scary. Oh boy! I was wrong, and how! Although there have been contradicting reviews across the world if Pennywise was scary enough, it sure was beyond scary for a horror amateur like me.
However, what struck me the most was that IT was not merely a horror movie. It could have been, and it’d still be as popular, but there was more to the movie than immense gore, Pennywise’s growing canines, dangling zombies and ghosts with missing body parts. Reflections of several social plights have been depicted throughout, in a subtle yet outstanding manner. What makes it better, is that such concerns weren’t just on display for the audience to gasp about, but were also dealt with, by their respective victims.
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