Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer/s: Gary Dauberman, Stephen King
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and more.
It is officially time to let loose the Oberrated Review of the highly anticipated “It Chapter Two”. For myself, I was a huge fan of “It” (2016). The scares were on point and unique. Pennywise was chilling and haunting. Performances across the board were excellent. It just had everything going well for the film. So it is safe to say that chapter 2 had some big (clown) shoes to fill. Regardless, with an even more stacked cast, the production crew that was attached to the first reattached to the second, and a full head of steam going for it. Success is almost… guaranteed? Maybe?
“Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club has grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.”
Without a doubt, the horror element of the film is solid once again. Pennywise is sadistic as ever and just chomping down on everyone. He toys with his food and eats it right on up when he is done. It does not stop with horror though. Sure the comedy element is also apparent as the first was quite hilarious itself thanks to the Losers Club and mostly Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard as Eddie and Richie. The new-ish element presented is an almost sci-fi and downright weird vibe. Creatures and horrific monsters created by Pennywise, taunting and tormenting the Losers Club. I really appreciated this added vibe.
Performance wise, all across the board, again, everyone does a fantastic job. Adult newcomers Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and James Ransone are all excellent. No one really majorly outshines anyone besides maybe Bill Hader who was wonderful. To my shock, I expected McAvoy to really outshine everyone after his tremendous success in “Split” and “Glass” but he really stayed in his lane and did a solid performance without stealing too much light (ah-haaa *wink).
And obviousssssly Bill Skarsgård is utterly phenomenal. I wish he had more spoken moments where he is subtly terrifying versus his monstrous “imma kill you” form of talking. His mannerisms, his coldness, his terrifying vibes. Skarsgård was made for this role.
Now with a two hour and forty-nine minute run time, I was nervous early on. A horror movie for almost three hours? Sure I am on board but optimistically cautious. After watching the film, I am about 50/50 with the run time. On one end, the film carried itself well and I was mostly invested in it for its full duration. On the other end, the early stages of the film moved a tad slow in the grand retrospect of it all. But once the band gets together, it finally moves appropriately and remains enticing.
For the lovers of the It series thus far, it is an absolute must to see this film. It continues the all the vibes that the first one installed into our minds. The horror, the comedy, the terror, it is all there once again. For the more hard-nosed horror fans going in to see it cause of the hype or slight interest, I feel they/you might get disinterested by the halfway mark due to the length and it “not being scary”. Personally, as I have expressed, it is a solid film. It was good but not amazing. Regardless, “It Chapter Two” gets a solid seal of approval by me. Maybe the hype went a little too wild after the major success of the first and how much I loved it but I still show a great appreciation for chapter two.
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