IT Chapter 2 Review

The poster for IT Chapter 2.

By Jalen Jenkins

The long awaited sequel to IT (2017) hit theatres September 6th. The losers club (the name of their group) is brought to Derry, a little town in Maine, 27 years later by Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) because Pennywise the Clown is terrorizing the town. 

Mike Hanlon calls Beverly Marsh(Jessica Chastain), Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Richie Tozier(Bill Hader), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jame Ransone), and Stanley Uris (Andy Bean), to honor the promise that they made 27 years before. The promise was that if Pennywise ever came back to derry, that they would all come back to fight him again. All of the characters except Mike Hanlon leave Derry, but as an effect of Pennywise, the farther they get from Derry, the less they remember about the events of the first film, IT (2017).

This sequel is reminiscent of the 1990 miniseries, Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. In it,  the perspective switches from present to past throughout the miniseries, setting up context while developing the plot at the same time. IT chapter 2 does the same thing, but most of the flashbacks take place between the first and second film, since the first sets most of the context. This helps the story because it gives a chance to have a flashback with the same cast of children, while not repeating much of the first film.

The whole first act is the losers getting together, and the cast has really good chemistry together, which is definitely the strongpoint of the film. The casting for the adults really makes it seem like they are the children grown up. Even the funny dialogue between them as they are older seems almost identical to them as kids without being tiring or corny. By the end of the first act the Losers come to the conclusion that pennywise is back and they have to do something about it.

The second act follows a formula that gets old fast. Each character goes off on their own to find a token that Mike says they need to defeat pennywise. While each character is out, there is a flashback involving pennywise, followed by a scene in real time involving pennywise. These sequences are very formulaic, but the best part is the special effects, done by Warren Appleby, the special effects coordinator, as the film doesn’t fail to impress the audience by bringing many inanimate objects to life. After these scenes, the film finishes up with the Losers getting together to fight pennywise like they did before, however comes across as very rushed. 

Overall, It Chapter 2 has a solid, but underwhelming ending to the series. It has an amazing cast and acting, but what takes away from it is the ending and the way the story played out.

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