- Origin: 15/25
- Story: 14/25
- Camera/SFX: 18/25
- Performance: 24/25
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.
- Rated: R (Adult language, bloody images and violence)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by: Andy Muschietti
- Written by: Gary Dauberman
- Release date: 6th September, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 170 minutes
- Studio: New Line Cinema
|Jessica Chastain||Beverly Marsh|
|James McAvoy||Bill Denbrough|
|Bill Hader||Richie Tozier|
|Isaiah Mustafa||Mike Manlon|
|Jay Ryan||Ben Hanscom|
|James Ransone||Eddie Kaspbrak|
|Andy Bean||Stanley Uris|
I felt like this was a repeat of the first, just with adults. The way characters are thrown into this and for some reason don’t remember any of what happened to them when they were younger. Pennywise myself seemed weaker, all it took was a few hurtful words to defeat him again, even though he was killing people left right and centre before. Continuity was a problem and it made many scenes pointless and took away from the illusion that Pennywise is scary.
I felt that the risk was less in this, if children could be beat Pennywise then adults could do it easier. It was a good story don’t get me wrong, but it lacked any imagination. The totems were a complete waste of time, splitting up was never a good idea and making the characters forget their past was a cop-out and needed a better idea for why they returned to Derry.
The suspense in some scenes was good, it became predictable in quite a few scenes so the jump scares became funny rather than scary. I did like the flashback moments, it was clear and the use of smooth lighting and transitions allowed for easy movement. For the end scenes it becomes very dark and at some points I feel like it loses me because of the lighting. It was an intense scene though, with the characters at risk at every turn.
I loved the cast. No one had a foot out of line, James McAvoy always delivers a compelling performance. The main cast mimicked their younger members so well, they even took into account that they would have grown up and changed. Like Bill Denbrough’s stutter, it got worse the more he was in fear and the longer he was in Derry. Obviously Bill Skarsgard was amazing at Pennywise and made for very scary moments, his commitment to the character made it so good to watch.