“But you know what they say about Derry? No one who dies here ever really dies!”
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever. (Rotten Tomatoes)
After the phenomenal success of IT in 2017, and the reveal that it was part one of a two part adaptation, I was excited and pumped to see this movie… however, early reviews of the film had me worried, so I approached the film with more caution. However, after seeing the film, and as someone who read the book in High School- my review is the end all be all for this Dancing Clown’s second film!
The way this movie begins by adapting chapter 2 of the book was a bold choice in my opinion, and after giving it thought…. there was no other way it could’ve began. If you haven’t read the book, then you have to go in the theater cold to know what I’m talking about, otherwise it won’t be as effective.
One of my personal favorite Pennywise scenes in the film is the way he lured Victoria, a little girl, to her fate. What I loved about the scene is the way it mirrors in a polar opposite way with how Pennywise charmed Georgie in the first film. The way Georgie got tricked was because Pennywise acted like his friend and used Bill’s boat as leverage. In this film, Victoria is smarter than Georgie so she doesn’t fall for that tactic. However, Pennywise shows how cunning he’s become and switches his tactic to make her feel more sympathetic to him.
Pennywise doesn’t appear that often in the film, but much like the first film: when It appears, it’s effective. Pennywise is more vicious and bloodthirsty than in the first one.
The adult Losers are played brilliantly, and the standout is Bill Hader as adult Ritchie, who’s comedic timing is on point in this film.
The use of flashbacks are almost seamless in this film, much like Andy Muschietti’s previous film, “Occulus” which I enjoyed very much. Apparently the kids got de-aged in this film, but to be honest- I didn’t even notice.
My only negatives regarding this film is the fact that about in the middle portion of the film, you start to feel the weight of this 2 hour and 50 minute film… the runtime doesn’t make this an easy ‘sit down on your coach and hang out’ kind of film, like the first one- this one requires your full commitment.
Other than that, I highly enjoyed the film and loved the nods and changes they made from the book… along with a couple of clever cameos.
I’m giving “IT Chapter 2” a 8/10 or a B.