You can see the IT: Chapter One review HERE.
IT: Chapter Two (2019)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. – IMDB
While having some minor issues with IT: Chapter One, it was still a horror movie experience that definitely was pretty good quality. Going into Chapter Two, it had a huge run time of 2 hours 49 minutes which has it running for the longest horror film made (I believe). The question remains as always with long movies of whether it is necessary and whether the execution and pacing will be done well enough to keep it intriguing. There’s no doubt that IT: Chapter Two could be cut shorter and maybe some parts could have been given up to give it a tighter flow but the film in its current state is pretty good. It gives time to the characters and lets each one has their spotlight while also having a decent amount of scares, mostly of the jump scare variety. Is it the scariest film that you will see? Probably not in the same level of horror as the first movie, but it still has some startling moments.
Looking at the execution of the film in general, it does take its time with each of the characters, giving them each their time as their stories both individually and as a group of The Losers Club parallel with their younger selves from 27 years ago. This creates the link of Chapter Two to Chapter One while not repeating too many of the parts. It works as a whole. While the nagging feeling of whether this version would have such a huge potential to be executed in a TV series (like The Haunting of Hill House).
There’s a lot of characters here and as it crosses with its younger counterparts, it seems like there is a lot more issues from the first one that gets its part now. Fact is, the whole concept of Pennywise becomes less of a factor here as his different forms haunts them in different ways instead of seeing the clown himself. Saying that, the moments that Pennywise does show up, Bill Skarsgard still does a great take on this creepy clown and with slightly more dialogue this time around and even getting a moment where his actual face, no make-up is shown. If we look at some of the more prominent characters, there’s always Bill (James McAvoy) and Beverley (Jessica Chastain) and the boy who has a 27 year crush, Ben (Jay Ryan). Its a relief that while there is a part of their story together, it never hangs too much in the balance of the story. However, the focus on friendship here is a key part especially as the united group is the strength against Pennywise. Luckily, between the many very serious characters here, we do have some off-kilter humor which works a lot of the times with Bill Hader’s role as Richie and his constant riff with Eddie (James Ransone) which turns into quite a nice little bromance.
There are a lot more positives here than negatives. The movie itself might not be as scary as the first because some of the scares are quite similar, especially in terms of Pennywise and becomes expected. Its still creepy but then the hallucinations that The Losers Club gets in various segments are mostly good except for one or two which feels a little lesser. There are some real brain scratchers here and it goes down to some loose pieces that are put in for the sake of staying true to the book and possibly giving a link to Chapter One and didn’t quite do much for the movie as a whole. The length is a hurdle here but seeing as many people don’t mind watching Lord of the Rings trilogy in one sitting (which is 9 hours or something) or watching The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 as one film (4.5 hours-ish), if we think in those ways, IT Chapter One and Two together is just a little over 5 hours which isn’t too bad. With how the film is structured, it probably might benefit from watching it as one film as a whole.
In the heart to keep this spoiler-free as much as possible, these are my thoughts on IT: Chapter Two!