Child abuse and bullying is scary. This movie is not. It’s try-hard creepy at best, and most of all embarrassingly generic. Whatever happened to the art of tension?
The 2017 edition of ”It” totally relies on mediocre jump scares, modern camera work (which occasionally is quite enjoyable) and CGI, making it a very flat mainstream ”horror” film (for kids?). I’ve added an extra star for the child actors, but otherwise this was just a soulless, lazy retro flirtation with no sense of direction. At least ”Stranger Things” had some vibes.