It Chapter Two is in theaters on September 6th, 2019.
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club think they defeated a psychotic, clown named Pennywise, he makes his return to unleash horror. The Losers return to their hometown of Derry to face Pennywise and also their past. Can this sequel to the highest grossing horror film in history float past its predecessor?
As expected, It: Chapter 2 has dark themes but they extend to places unseen. This made the film have the same unpredictable feeling similar to the first chapter. The two differ however, with Chapter 2 being filled with a lot more jump scares rather than the gradual build of fear in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 is very reliant on humor when it is not being scary or delving deep into a dark subject. This removes some of the tension it has from being a horror film. This constant bounce between horror and comedy makes the film seem all over the place and it is difficult to know whether to laugh or be afraid when it decides to go back in the direction of being scary.
The flashbacks to the Losers Club as kids also helped to relieve some of the tension and connect the audience more to the cast. The adult versions of the children of the Losers Club were perfectly chosen and it was easy to tell who was who almost instantly. The same friendship chemistry the children cast had reflected in the adult cast which helped the change in ages streamline seamlessly. James McAvoy has made his name known in the thriller/horror genre but comedian Bill Hader was the standout actor in this film.
For It: Chapter 2 to have a nearly 3 hour runtime, it feels rushed toward the end as if something is missing. Overall the film is good but does not quite feel the blockbuster that fans of the franchise might expect. Despite this it is still worth watching to watch the Losers Club back together even if you do not know whether to laugh or be afraid.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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