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Throughout the small town of Derry, Maine, children begin disappearing without explanation–this includes the main character, Bill Denbrough’s little brother, Georgie. This leads Bill and a group of his outcast friends towards trying to solve the mysterious disappearances. The group then discovers the spirit they called “It”, which unleashed a demon onto them. “It” is seen by the children as either Pennywise the Dancing Clown or it manifests itself as the children’s biggest fears.

It was a highly anticipated movie that received great reviews from most critics and was given an 87% by Rotten Tomatoes. It met my expectations, but disappointed me in the horror category. I came into the movie theater ready to be terrified and was met by more laughs than screams. The predictable jump scares were formulaic and only worked for the first few scares. Although they were extremely lacking in the horror area, they made up for it with comedic timing. The witty and childish jokes gave the theater comedic relief and lightened the mood very effectively. While the jokes were enjoyable they might’ve taken the focus too far away from the scary aim of the movie. Overall, I enjoyed It, but the predictability brings me to the conclusion that this movie deserves a three and a half star rating.

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