27 years have passed and the members of the Losers Club have gone their separate ways, strangely not remembering much about their battle with the evil clown, Pennywise. One phone call changes all of that as they are brought back in to once more battle evil in its truest form.
Chapter 1 was a massive success both critically and at the box office, and also was one of my favorite movies of that year. Unfortunately, Chapter 2 fails to live up to the bar set by its predecessor. It is not a bad movie by any means but just falls short on a lot of the things that made the first movie great.
One bright point was definitely the casting, which a lot of us came to expect as each actor and actress was announced. It is actually incredible how much some of them resemble their child actor counterparts. Performance-wise, Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain are standouts. James McAvoy is good, but his performance reminds me a lot of the child personality he portrays in Split and Glass. At times it feels like he is playing a child, rather than playing the adult version of one. It just felt odd to me. With that said, the chemistry between them all is really good. Bill Skarsgard is also worth mentioning for another brilliant portrayal of Pennywise.
As a horror movie, I didn’t feel like Chapter 2 was nearly as scary as the first. There are scary moments without a doubt, and the third act, in particular, is intense. However, there aren’t any scenes that really stood out to me that I’m going to remember for a long time, like the projector scene, among others, in the first movie.
The movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and you can definitely feel it. The pacing isn’t great and the second act of the movie stood out as very choppy. I feel like there’s a lot in here the could be trimmed out, even if it was replaced by some things to flesh some plot points and characters out a little more.
Two other things I’ll mention are the ending (no spoilers) and the effects. I only got about a third of the way through the book, so I don’t know if this is the way the ending was there, but I didn’t like it at all. It just felt like such a silly way to end this 5-hour battle we’ve witnessed over the course of two movies. As for the effects, some of the CGI stood out as not very good, which was something the first movie suffered from as well. It takes me out of the movie and therefore doesn’t make it as scary when the visual effects aren’t up to par with what they are trying to portray.
Overall IT: Chapter 2 is a decent ending to the story and the two movies combined make a really great 5-hour movie. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well in certain areas and doesn’t live up to the expectations and hype of the first film. It is worth seeing if you are a fan of the first, just don’t go in expecting it to top Chapter 1.
IT: Chapter 2 gets a 10-4.
Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut