Movie Review: IT Chapter 2

This film is directed by Andres Muschietti, and it stars Bill Skarsgard, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, and Andy Bean.

Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) returns to Derry 27 years after he was defeated by the losers club. The adult loser club has grown up and moved out of Derry. After some incidents indicate the return of Pennywise, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) must gather the losers club and together they must find a way to try and defeat Pennywise.

This movie was one of the most anticipated films of this year. Granted my slight obsession with James McAvoy may have something to do with it. As of now, I’ve seen this film twice, and I enjoyed the film slightly more this time around. This second time around, I paid more attention to details (mainly surroundings) as I already knew where the story was leading. One thing I can’t deny is the perfect casting in this film! Every single one of the adults looks exactly like the child version of the first film (not only those from the losers club but the secondary characters too). Whoever did the casting deserves a raise. It had great performances, and all the hype about Bill Hader stealing the show is true even though Eddie (James Ransone) was my personal favorite adult loser. I will like to add that Chastain and McAvoy do a great job, but Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is once again terrifying. Frankly, one of my favorite scenes was when they first reunite with the conversations they have as they catch up on the 27 years gap.

A criticism I regularly read about this film is the beginning. Although I was bothered by it at first, after a second viewing, I saw it as a foreshadowing and a statement. I don’t hate this movie, but it isn’t as good as the first one. I didn’t feel the magic from the first film. There was a unique bond/chemistry between the group of children that were missing in the adult group. However, that doesn’t necessarily imply that this group (adult) wasn’t entertaining to watch. This movie contains many one on one conversations between characters that may seem boring to some moviegoers, but I happen to be a fan of those films. The constant flashbacks were a bit much, and the movie was long (for me).  I was having a conversation with a fellow film critic (Kolby), and he mentioned something I hadn’t thought about but made complete sense. He told me that this film felt like the third film of a trilogy and he isn’t necessarily wrong. During the second act, there seems to be a considerable amount of information that is thrown at us that could have easily been an entire film of its own. The information provided is necessary (IMO), but now that I’ve had time to think about it, the film could have been good without those scenes. This film could have been 20-30 minutes shorter. If the ending would have been different, perhaps I may have liked this film a bit more. Don’t misunderstand me, this film isn’t horrible, so if you enjoyed the first one, then this one should be a decent watch. Also, for a horror film, I was never once scared, and I’m not too sure how to feel about it.

My original score was a 6 out of 10, but after a second watch and further consideration, I decided to increase the score by one.
I give this film a 7 out of 10

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