Should You Even Give "It" the Time of Day?

"It" was seriously one of the least scary movies I have seen in the past three years, if not more. It was fantastically filmed and written. The casting was pitch perfect and it was overall a solid movie. However the "scares" in it were completely indifferent and didn't catch my eye at all.

Not to say that Bill Skarsgard didn't do fantastic as Pennywise, but his scariness was more from appearance than actual moments in "It." I jumped maybe twice the whole film, which is a record for me honestly. I am a total wuss when it comes to horror movies and normally cover my eyes and plug my ears. Yet I still watch them for the thrill. Again, it is an utterly fantastic movie with amazing characterization and performances. However, it's easily one of the least scary movies I've seen in quite a while.

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise in "It."

"It" is rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language. The movie is obviously patterned after '80s movies like "The Goonies" and "The Monster Squad," so the kids cuss quite a bit. Although there are no sex scenes, the kids do watch a girl sunbathe and one girl takes her top off while swimming. Nothing is shown, though. It's also implied that a girl is being molested by her father.

I'd give "It" 8 out of 10 stars just for how amazing everything else in the movie like the technical aspects, acting, lighting, and visuals are. I'd highly recommend it. Just don't expect to be traumatized after watching the movie.

"It" came out in theaters on September 8th, 2017. It was directed by Andy Muschietti. The cast includes Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff. The running time is 135 minutes. (Review by Everett Shirey)

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟