Film Review: IT: Chapter Two

Bill SkarsgÃrd in It Chapter Two (2019)
IT: Chapter Two

Plot: Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club has grown up and moved away until a devastating phone call brings them back – IT: Chapter Two.

Director: Andy Muschietti

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Bill Skarsgard

Genre: Horror

Release Date: September 2019

Ever since the first IT film came out, I was looking forward to what they were going to do with the second part of the story, whilst at the same time apprehensive that they don’t lose the magic, but luckily for me and everyone else going to see the film, the magic is still there and although not the scariest horror you’ll ever see, it’s probably the best sequel.

Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jay Ryan, Jessica Chastain, and Isaiah Mustafa in It Chapter Two (2019)
IT: Chapter Two

Starting off with a homophobic attack at a fair in Derry, we are treated to both the ugliness of people but also for the first time Pennywise (Skarsgard) willingness to attack adults, not just children. It’s this incident that leads the only member of the Losers Club Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) to realise that he is back and he needs to contact the other club members and get them to return to Derry.

Seeing each of the characters we grew to love in the first IT was nice and the amount of time devoted to it was perfect, with the scene in the Chinese restaurant both funny and sad at the same time given what you know about one of the club and the rest haven’t been informed of yet.

Bill Skarsgård and Luke Roessler in It Chapter Two (2019)
IT: Chapter Two

The acting is solid throughout, Chastain and McAvoy are as wonderful as ever, but as you probably heard elsewhere, it’s Hader that steals the show, harbouring a secret from his childhood that adds a new layer to his character and makes the ending of the film incredibly bittersweet

I rather enjoyed seeing Ransone in another horror film after enjoying him so much in Sinister, once again bringing his comedic timing and proving to be just as hilarious as Eddie as Jack Dylan Grazer was in the first.

Bill Skarsgard and Ryan Kiera Armstrong in IT: Chapter Two
IT: Chapter Two

There are however a few issues with the film, namely the almost 3-hour runtime, padded out with flashbacks, which although it was nice to see the young versions on screen again and a few more to the scares Pennywise subjected them too, you couldn’t help but find the film a little bloated.

This might have been a rectified slightly by removing the reintroduction of the bully Henry from the first film, who is seemingly brought back to give the group an issue to deal with but given how little he manages to do and how little he affects the plot, you wouldn’t miss much with the removal of the character.

Shortcomings aside, it’s still a fitting end to a saga that deals with some heavy topics coupled with effective scares and even a dose of heart.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you liked: Pet Sematary, Annabelle: Creation, Mara



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