'It Chapter 2' - A Movie Review
Sitting in the dark theater with my heart pounding, I had a blast watching 'It Chapter 2'!
If you see a red balloon floating aimlessly around, chances are that Pennywise, the dancing clown, is creeping up behind you.
27 years after defeating the demon clown, The Losers Club—now adults and having lost contact with each other—have to band together once again to defeat the evil, stalking Derry. Returning to the nightmare, the adults face their traumatic past, and promise to defeat the sinister clown.
Sitting in the dark theater with my heart pounding, I had a blast watching It Chapter 2! I had been looking forward to seeing the movie since the first one was released two years ago. From the moment the film started, I was on edge—laughing, and even tearing up. However, while It Chapter 2 is a great follow up, its downfall is that it is too long, trying to put so much in from King’s lengthy novel.
Filling the shoes of the young actors from the first film, I applaud these seven amazing actors for their outstanding performances. Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), Jay Ryan (Ben), James Ransone (Eddie), and Andy Bean (Stanley) capture the personalities of their child actor counterparts very well.
I especially have to commend Bill Hader for his witty, sarcastic sense of humor, mixed with an emotional story arc. Hader was one of the best parts of the film, and I laughed out loud so many times. He was great comic relief, especially when you needed to relieve tension from all the on edge suspense.
Returning in flashbacks, the seven young actors—Jaeden Martell (Bill), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike), and Wyatt Oleff (Stanley) appear for their usual banter, and for more scenes of running away from the clown or other demons.
Although it was great seeing them again, arguably, the scenes involving them slowed down the movie taking, too long to get to the main action. It Chapter 2 could have been better without the flashbacks scenes. This one was about the adults, after all. The kids already had their own movie!
Bill Skarsgard is so creepy and off-putting as Pennywise. Honestly, I wish there were more scenes with him. Skarsgard was so terrifying to the point that he even had you fooled. His performance was phenomenal.
Teach Grant fills the shoes of the menacing adult Henry Bowers. Although he is back to stalk the heroes, his presence felt unnecessary in this already overly-long film, that could have been condensed to a much shorter story.
There is too much of the group being separated from each other, having flashbacks to the trauma in their youth, and talking with other people who don’t have anything to do with the plot. They spend very little time together in the middle portion of the film.
However, Joan Gregson made a startling appearance as Mrs. Kersh. Staring at that chilling smile gave me goosebumps! And, be on the lookout for a special cameo in an antique shop!
Special effects and CGI were well incorporated into the film. Here is a fun fact: since the seven young actors appeared in flashbacks, they had to be de-aged through CGI because they’d grown up so much since the first movie. Although it was noticeable in some scenes, it wasn’t enough to ruin the movie.
The final battle is gripping. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Still, there could have been better closure.
It Chapter 2 is hilarious, scary, and emotional. Go experience It Chapter 2 while it is still on the big screen. It’s worth a watch to see the adult losers interact in humorous banter, along with Skarsgard’s terrifying performance as Pennywise.