(Spoiler Free) IT Chapter Two (2019) Movie Review

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IT Chapter 2 Review

IT Chapter Two which is hitting theaters in North America this weekend. This is, of course, the follow-up to the hugely massively successful it that was made two years ago. And the good news, if you’re a fan of that film is that the creative team including director Andy Muschietti is returning for this sequel.

IT Chapter Two Review

IT Chapter Two is arriving on the heels of its hit predecessor in 2017, switching things up as we jump years ahead to the return of Pennywise with the Losers Club being all grown up, so does it live up to the hype?

Picking up right where It left off, Chapter 2 reminds audiences of the kids we followed in the first movie and the pact they made to return to Derry should the small town need them to defeat the dancing clown.

Again, the casting of the grown-up versions of each character is pretty impressively done, with James McAvoy and Jay Ryan seeming to be the standouts. But that might be because their characters bear the most striking resemblance to their younger counterparts. And rooting for kids was more fun.

Jessica Chastain’s Beverly doesn’t quite stand out to the extent, she did in the first movie, possibly because Bill Hader takes on so many of the film’s biggest moments, with the older version of Richie.

Hader is asked not only asked to add humor to the film but also puts a lot of unexpected emotion into it as well. Early on, It Chapter Two is a visceral, intense expansion to the Derry horrors.

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Creative scares, many of which are faithful to Stephen King’s book, lead the charge until the second act slows things down with a redundant plan to take down the clown. This all culminates with the third act of a near three-hour movie with some spectacle that’s hard to stay too invested in or get scared by when you might find yourself checking your watch.

Fortunately, a surprising amount of heart is added to the film’s finale, and the overall experience warrants the price of admission.

Certain story points should have been expanded upon rather than others being scattered across the second act but director Andy Muschietti and company have crafted something fans of the first will get a kick out of, even if they aren’t as enamored with it as they were in 2017.

  • Rating: R (for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material)
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed By: Andy Muschietti
  • Written By: Gary Dauberman
  • In Theaters: Sep 6, 2019,  Wide
  • Studio: New Line Cinema

I give It Chapter 2 three out of five stars.