IT Chapter Two Review

It just took him 27 years, but Pennywise is back. IT Chapter Two takes us back to Derry, where the demonic clown is back for some fun. The Losers Club will also have to come back to town because of it. The question we all have about this is: are they ready to face their worst fears now that they are grown-ups?

If you’re scared of clowns, you might want to skip this whole review…and maybe, movie. Otherwise, please go ahead and enjoy!

Story

Defeated by members of the Losers’ Club, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine, once again. Now adults, the childhood friends have long since gone their separate ways. But when people start disappearing, Mike Hanlon calls the others home for one final stand. Damaged by scars from the past, the united Losers must conquer their deepest fears to destroy the shape-shifting Pennywise — now more powerful than ever.

As you may have guessed, I will not be going through everything as usual. Instead, I’ll focus on what stands out from this movie.

The Shock

The beginning of this film is rather shocking. It is there to cause a storm in the audience’s emotions by showcasing a rather crude scene. A rather high theme of discussion lately is exploited in here: homophobia. The scene will take you through a roller-coaster of emotions whether or not you want it. Some will feel attacked. Others will want to help. The rest will just be waiting for Pennywise.

In case you want to know...

We see a couple in the fair. A group of bullies start picking on them. They decide to leave, with one of them insulting one of the bullies. After they’ve already walked a bit outside of this fair, the bullies catch up with them. They separate them men and start beating both of them.

After beating both quite badly, the bullies decide to throw one of them down the bridge and to the river. There’s nothing his boyfriend could do to save him. Then, he sees as a clown takes his boyfriend out of the water, only to devour his heart.

The Oath

The night of the events described above, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) goes down there and sees a message in the wall. At that point he knows it is time to reunite the Losers Club again. He calls every member of the club, telling them it is time to come back and honor their oath.

At the time of calling each one of them, they have different reactions ranging from puking to having a traffic accident. This is here just to show us how terrified each and every one of them are of Pennywise.

The Plan

Unlike the first time they met, the Losers Club has a plan this time. It took 27 years, but now there’s a chance to finally put an end to this demon. How do you do this? Simple: you can defeat it based on the laws it abides by. We get to see each of the characters go in a one-on-one against Pennywise throughout the movie, and every time they figure out a way to either beat it, or run away from it.

The catch? Another simple answer. Each one of the Losers Club members have to find a “token” they left during the first time they fought this demon-clown. After they complete this task, they’ll have to face its final form.

The Outcome

For obvious reasons, there are spoilers below.

Ending

The Losers Club members get to Pennywise’s hideout where they meet his true form. They have to go through some horrors when their first attempt at defeating him fails. Including the same we’ve seen before with 3 doors to choose, and a couple of claustrophobia-inducing scenarios.

Pennywise goes in and starts attacking everyone, until they remember that he can be defeated. The way in which they beat it, though, is rather ironic: bullying him.

Characters

Yeah, no fancy tabs this time around. We see the return of the Losers Club from the first film (as kids) while getting to know them as adults. While they are now adults and have their own lives, we see similarities to a point where we can say this casting is borderline paranormal. If you click on the posters above, you can see them in full size.

The good thing about the casting besides their appearance is that they act on a really believable way. You can certainly believe they are the grown-up versions of the kids we saw in the first movie and throughout the IT Chapter Two film as well.

Cinematography

While IT Chapter Two brings a lot of dark spaces and scenes, we also get to see everything clearly. Whether it is someone’s acting or plain CGI, everything looks really clear. There are some odd camera angles at times, and some scenes where they did it perfectly. They wanted to showcase the same places we visited during the first film while also showing us some new places. They accomplished it.

Soundtrack

I have absolutely no complaints about the soundtrack. Everything had a perfect balance throughout the movie. Ambient noises, music, and overall sound quality. Everything fit as it always should.

Horror/Comedy

As you may know, IT does include a little bit of awkward comedy while trying to maintain a horror vibe to it. We see some weird scenes where everybody in the background start dancing like a choreography while Pennywise descends using some globes. We see some odd reactions from characters to otherwise scary situations. It is a mess at times since the audience doesn’t really know whether they should laugh or feel scared.

As far as horror goes, it is cheap horror. Relying entirely on jump-scares to get people to react to it. There’s really no tension going on and around mid-movie, all you want to do is yawn. It was as if they didn’t know for sure what they wanted to do, and started filling some time on ways that just weren’t needed at all.

Final Verdict

IT Chapter Two isn’t the scariest movie you’ll watch this year. It isn’t the funniest either. Now, if you’re looking for a movie that ties pretty well with the book, this is a good movie to watch. If you’re not too much into long movies (this one is 2 hours and 49 minutes) I’d highly suggest waiting for it to come out in VOD so that you can watch it during a rainy Saturday afternoon with your significant other. If you’re a horror fan, though, you’re in for an interesting show. Just don’t expect to be scared. At all.

It is really worth mentioning this: the ending is great. After everything that happens, during the closing minutes, we hear someone talking, pay attention to it, because that’s what makes this movie worth your time.

Good

  • Believable CGI
  • Relatable characters
  • Strong scenes
  • Close to Stephen King's book
  • We get closure

Bad

  • Awful emotional pace
  • Really slow at times
  • Comedy/Horror mix failed
6.4

Fair

Story - 7
Characters - 9.5
Cinematography - 5
Soundtrack - 10
Comedy - 3
Horror - 4
Geek, writer, musician. John is a horror addict, DC Comics fan (Marvel too, though) and a single-player games enthusiast. You can normally find him watching horror movies or playing games on PC, unless he is writing, in which case, you won't see him around.
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