Al and Linda Lerner review “It” and “Home Again” on Movies and Shakers

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IT

This film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT novel and TV Series is disturbing. Actor Bill Skårsgard as the horrific clown, Pennywise, is incredibly frightening and creepy. But Argentinian Director, Andy Muschietti, has created a fascinating piece of filmmaking that is bloody and fun. He wanted IT to be like King’s book, “gory, gruesome and graphic.” And it is. Set in the 1980’s, King wanted to bring back all of the monsters of his childhood and maybe yours, too. You may jump out of your seat more than once.

However, this isn’t just a horror flick told from the point of view of a scared band of kids. It’s more about the relationships of these kids and the courage each has to face their innermost fears  alone and together. One of the things Director Muschietti did was to keep the talented young cast members away from Skårsgard dressed as Pennywise the clown until they were actually shooting scenes with him.

HOME AGAIN

If you’re looking for some cute family fair with material providing a few laughs, this will due. It’s a pretty standard rom-com with some traditionally pretentious, Hollywood characters. It has a good cast trapped in a script that is not challenging enough.

Writer/Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer grew up in Hollywood raised by movie making parents; writer and highest grossing female director, Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give), and Writer/Producer Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap). Meyers-Shyer knows the landscape and puts it to work here.

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