MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: “It Chapter Two” stars James McAvoy (Glass, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, Lawless), Bill Hader (Inside Out , Hot Rod), Isaiah Mustafa (Shadowhunters [TV series], Horrible Bosses), James Ransone (Sinister, Generation Kill), Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake, Beauty and the Beast [2012 TV series]), Andy Bean (Here and Now [TV series], Power [TV series]), Jaeden Martell (St. Vincent, Midnight Special), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Once Upon a Time [TV series]), Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!, Beautiful Boy), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things [TV series], The Goldfinch), Sophia Lillis (Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Sharp Objects [TV series]), Chosen Jacobs (Castle Rock [TV series], Hawaii Five-O [2010 TV series]), Jeremy Ray Taylor (42, Ant-Man), Teach Grant (The Tall Man, Down Here), and Bill Skarsgård (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde). It is directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama, Historias Breves 3), with the screenplay being written by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun). After twenty-seven years, Pennywise (Skarsgård) returns to Derry, and it’s up to the now-adult Loser Club to stop him once and for all.
“Let’s kill this mother(loving) clown!” Sorry, had to censorship. How else would I rake in the imaginary dollars I receive for running this site? I mean, that’s why WordPress puts ads on here, right? No doubt. But let’s skip the politics and jump straight to the clown. That’s right folks: “IT Chapter Two.” It’s the feature we’ve been waiting for since that red balloon reboot graced our screens two years ago, and now it’s finally here. Pennywise is back for revenge, or in this case… well, revenge, I guess. It’s his job to come back every twenty-seven years to kill children, but he wants to vanquish the kids who got away. I’m looking at you Loser Club, now grown up and composed of Hollywood’s finest and unknowns. It’s what happens when your story hits it big with audiences; you send in Bill Hader and James McAvoy. But in all seriousness… this isn’t a serious film. If you thought you’d get an emotional, dramatic final entry that builds on the foundation laid by the first, you’re playing the right sport, but are in the wrong field. Rather than trying to take anything seriously, writer Gary Dauberman decided to go the comedic, campy route by having every emotional moment subdued by a joke, with the only horror being left to gross-out gags and lack of conciseness. No ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t the film you thought you would receive, but boy was it entertaining! Spanning almost three hours in runtime, “Chapter Two” prides itself in the comedic presence of its key players, all the while pulling drama from shards of a past we don’t really know. Yes, there are flashbacks in this utilizing the former child actors, but all of it is out of place. These flashbacks aren’t really taken from the first movie, nor are they pulled from moments before or after Pennywise. For the most part, they play like deleted scenes, cut from the story that seem fairly vital to our viewing experience of the first outing. I mean, how can you develop the kid characters further if the only scenes you are utilizing are new ones from them fighting Pennywise? Doesn’t make a lick of sense. Then again, this whole movie seems loose, as the story weaves itself through its individual characters, the fight with Pennywise, and the overall lore without necessarily developing any of it to the point of security. I wouldn’t say I was lost; well, for the most part. There are certain elements that are hard to grasp, especially the fact that there was no true sense of reality or physics in this movie. Pennywise seemed to control everything, yet not at the same time, making it hard to discern between what’s real and what’s not. On top of that, we have to carve out our Loser Club heroes in a new light, causing certain predicaments to arise and fall within minutes, not giving much time to make things too intricate or allow relationships to unfold to the extent you want. I saw this primarily with Billy’s (McAvoy) character. While the leader did some good acts, the focus on him was stripped away by the middle of the film, rendering anything set up for the character at the beginning useless. It flows into the point that these filmmakers are trying to make: this is a comedy, and we are to be entertained for as long as it takes. Not really the mentality we would ask of this team, but it’s what we received anyway, leading me to the surprising truth of this whole affair: I really did enjoy myself. Was it funny? Heck yes. I laughed almost every three minutes at this film, and the three hours was hardly felt (only when the Loser Club embarked to get their tokens). It was nice to see this with friends, and I enjoyed sharing laughs with them in this goofy experience. Really, if you were to walk into this thinking it’s a comedy, you’ll have fun. Even when you don’t, you’ll still laugh. Is this enough to save the flick from total awfulness? Yes, but I will say that the overall story is flat. It doesn’t hit home was well as the first, mainly because it’s trying to crunch a lot into one feature and the emotional pacing is completely messy. If you are looking to have fun, you’ll enjoy this one, but you can’t walk in expecting much. I have no idea what they kept and left out from the book, but if there’s one thing that’s discernible, it’s that “IT Chapter Two” is nothing like it’s predecessor. Whether or not you can accept that determines your experience. FINAL SCORE: 70%= Burnt Popcorn
Here is the trailer: