IT – Chapter Two (2019)


“For 27 years, I dreamt of you. I craved you… I’ve missed you!” – Pennywise

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – 27 years after the events of the first story, the grown up kids must return to Derry to once again try and stop IT.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been anticipating to see for over two years.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t manage to live up to its expectations and fails to be as thrilling and as captivating as the first film was.

This film has a better cast that is quite prolific and powerful yet they aren’t given enough to work with in order to make us believe this story and all that happens.

Watching these characters as adults isn’t as enjoyable as seeing them as kids who were slowly losing their innocence as the story progresses.

As a horror film, I would expect the characters to be scared much more about what is going on, bit too often here it seems as if they are just acting scared and it doesn’t seem genuine or realistic enough to believe especially in their encounters and confrontations with IT.

This film’s run time is much too long for its own good and it too often rehashes events from the previous film unnecessarily.

The story is changed in numerous ways from the book and the previous miniseries from nearly 30 years ago and that also hurts things a bit too much since it lessens the impact of certain events.

The story moves along at a very poorly paced fashion which is also problematic.

The “adult” segment of this story is apparently the weak link in the story and is reflected both here and in the TV miniseries from 3 decades ago which both falter when dealing with these no longer innocent adults who act in very strange and campy ways throughout.

Bottom Line – Not as good as the previous chapter despite having a much more powerful and prolific cast to work with. The story isn’t as effective when the characters are adults and the feeling of lost innocence that was there with them as kids is gone now. The characters act scared every so often by all that is transpiring yet most of the time it seems as if they are acting instead of being genuinely scared by IT.  The film is much too long and rehashes too much of what transpired in the past film.  The way that the story is changed for this adaptation is a but disappointing since it tales away part of the impact of things along the way and moves along in a poorly paced fashion.  Apparently this “half” of the story is harder to tell since it is the weaker segment of both this adaptation and the previous one from nearly 30 years ago.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) has stated that he had more fun on set during this movie because he was actually able to talk to and hang out with his adult co-stars. Skarsgård had minimal contact with his child co-stars in Chapter One so that they would be more genuinely scared of Pennywise once they saw him. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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