Based on the early reactions to "IT," fans are going to get exactly what they want from the Stephen King adaptation -- especially if what they want is to be freaked out, lose some sleep, and start counting the days till the sequel.
Critics saw the film in a screening over the weekend and took to social media to post their initial thoughts. Overall, it looks like "IT" is a winner. This was not inevitable, especially since Tim Curry will always be Pennywise the clown to some fans. But Bill Skarsgard appears to have won over critics, and the young stars who play The Losers Club were also praised.
Here are some reactions from critics:
#ITMovie is everything I hoped for & more. Has heart, laughs & TONS of incredible scares. Fell in love w/ The Losers. Didn't want it to end.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) August 26, 2017
Just saw IT. Really well done. Cast were all great with some twisted visuals. Going to make a ton of money. Ready for the sequel tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/XYTEG39YCX— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) August 26, 2017
I love the #ITMovie. It's everything I wanted. Scary as shit, Skarsgard nails Pennywise, and the Losers are perfection.— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) August 26, 2017
#ITmovie social embargo is up, so I will say... I liked it! Kids are great. BSkars is great. Also, surprisingly, it's pretty dang funny.— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) August 26, 2017
Saw #ITMovie I loved it.— Mark E Reilly (@ReillyAround) August 26, 2017
Then took trash out in my empty, dark, stairwell...
SHIT FREAKED ME OUT CAUSE THAT MOVIE SCARED ME LIKE FOR REAL
That's all good news for the planned sequel, telling the story of the older Losers. Director Andres Muschietti is returning for the sequel, and he told Variety the plan is to start filming this coming spring 2018.
"We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
The first "IT" movie opens September 8th, 2017.
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