There is also a fantastic cameo from Stephen King, so be on the lookout for that. Beginning the movie with such an intensely relevant scene seemed to be a statement that It: Chapter Two wasn't here to mess around.
It gets better when the Losers are shown all grown up.
The movie takes place twenty-seven years after the Losers' Club defeats Pennywise, but the dancing clown has returned to Derry. Characters never act like people, some of the members of the Losers Club are basically ignored until they need to show up for story purposes and, worst of all, the film has no idea whether it wants to be a horror movie or a horror/comedy. But there are elements of substance to its somewhat messy presentation.
Two years later, Muschietti is back with "IT Chapter Two" and puts an end - or better yet, an ending most can accept - to the creepy clown terrorizing the small town of Derry, Maine. As such, these characters are forced to confront their dark pasts both directly and suddenly. This urgency to condense King's original material makes certain scenes feel rushed even though the movie is almost three hours long.
All of the actors work with the material well too.
The article is not just about one issue related to the movies but about the actor who is also recognized as a major part of the movie. Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) is still a vulgar "momma's boy". One more celebrity was added to the cast, James McAvoy, to play the older version of Bill. Both very amusing, and very honest, Hader creates maybe the most intricate character of the film. His performance is articulate and layered, achieving tension and even heartbreak.
I loved how the movie incorporated several scenes of their childhood together; it gave a nostalgic feeling, one that warms your heart. The Body (aka Stand by Me) is a flawless example, and even earlier works like Carrie have that coming-of-age undercurrent. Making any film is hard and, while it may have had fewer laughs and a bit less charm than the original, I think it was pretty good overall. Quite frankly, I think he would have had much more of a presence if he was kept to a non-speaking role.
Rather than being an adventure film with strong horror influence and moderated comic relief, "It Chapter 2" is a franchise film with imbalanced amounts of adventure, comedy, horror, action and commercial appeasement. It wasn't your average scary movie filled with jump scares and gore. There's a difference between being startled and being scared.
For me, it wasn't the shape-shifting monster clown that caused fear while watching that movie, but it was the sadness weighing down on the film. In 2017, It came out, sparking the newfound rise of Pennywise. They drag the pacing and tiresome the suspense.
"IT Chapter Two", released on September 6, and is a rare case in which the remake outshines the original, highlighting that with the power of friendship and love, a "sloppy bitch" is no match for "Losers". The more I reflect on it, the more I appreciate isolated moments and the broader concepts it appears to be exploring.
There's something unsettling about the new IT films that I can not comprehend: they seem to be less scary than the original film.