At nearly three hours long, It: Chapter Two is rather long for a horror film. Usually they are quick and dirty. This one takes its time developing its story. More like a drama in that there are plenty of layers to work through, It: Chapter Two, directed by Andy Muschietti (It, Mama), unravels its now adult characters slowly. Letting the viewer get to know them.
Over the last 90 minutes of the film (which is pretty much the length of your typical horror) it kicks into horror. Though it retains its emotional centre.
Based on the novel by Stephen King, It features a clown which epitomizes why some are fearful of clowns. There is nothing funny about this guy with white face make up and red hair. Bill Skarsgard is really creepy as Pennywise. Really makes you understand why some are afraid of clowns.
All the members of the Losers Club, a group of bullied kids brought together by their trauma, left their home town of Derry, Maine after what they went through with the shape-shifter Pennywise. Only Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa – from television’s Shadowhunters) remained. He remained vigilant. Always on the lookout for the evil clown. Now, 27 years later it seems to him like he has returned as people have started disappearing.
Mike calls Beverly (Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game, The Tree of Life), Bill (James McAvoy – Atonement, Split), Richie (Bill Hader – Trainwreck, Inside Out), Ben (Jay Ryan – from television’s Mary Kills People), Stanley (Andy Bean – from television’s Swamp Thing), and Eddie (James Ransone – Sinister, Generation Kill) to return to Derry reminding them of the oath they all took to return if Pennywise came back.
Each of them has their own baggage. Much of it having to do with what they went through 27 years prior. Now they are all thrown back into it and have to go up against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard – Deadpool 2, Allegiant), who is more powerful than ever.
All throughout this film there is a nostalgic (80s) feel and tone about it. What I did not like about the film was the over reliance on CGI. Especially in regards to Pennywise and what happens over the last part of the film.
- Audio commentary by Director Andy Muschietti
- Pennywise Lives Again!
- This Meeting of the Losers Club Has Officially Begun
- Finding the Deadlights
- The Summers of IT: Chapter One, You’ll Float Too
- The Summers of IT: Chapter Two, IT Ends
- Digital Copy