While the film has plenty of pee-your-pants moments, it also has plenty of heart and laughs. I think that’s what made this film shine.
Here we go floatin’ again folks. IT Chapter Two is the highly anticipated sequel to IT, the 2017 film adaption of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Andy Muschietti returns to direct this horror/thriller sequel. This time the story picks up 27 years after the first one and with that makes one obvious point: growing up is hard. We go to college, get married, have kids, and often times lose touch with our childhood friends. I think it’s safe to say we cherish all of those moments, whether they’re good or bad. And sometimes all we want is to get those moments back or have one last hoorah with the people that helped make us who we are. Unfortunately, most of those experiences are gone forever…but not all of them.
The children we followed through the first film have grown up, and these characters are portrayed by an awesome ensemble cast including names such as James McAvoy (Bill), Jessica Chastain (Bev), Bill Hader (Richie). While the audience is catching up with the lives of each of these friends, we see them brought back together because of a decades old memory that they wish they could forget.
There were a lot of unexpected things I honestly never thought I would see in a film version of this story.
It Chapter Two improves on a lot of my judgements of the previous film. The scares were scarier, and the movie had tons of them. And I don’t just mean jump scares. I’m talking cut-the-tension-with-a-knife kind of horror. But that’s not the end of it (pun intended). While the film has plenty of pee-your-pants moments, it also has plenty of heart and laughs. I think that’s what made this film shine. It did a good job of freaking you out and then taking the edge off with humor. The movie also outshines the 1990 version with its extensive reference to the novel’s lore. There were a lot of unexpected things I honestly never thought I would see in a film version of this story.
There were not a lot of things I did not like about this movie, but if I must gripe a little, it’s going to be about the CGI. It wasn’t bad or often enough that it ever pulled me out of the film, but it was there. There was also a character that I thought was a bit useless to the plot, but I will let you guys decide for yourselves about that.
Most notably, IT Chapter Two reminds us that our friendships are powerful bonds that can keep us strong when times are tough.
Overall, I think that if you enjoyed the first IT you will get a big kick out of the sequel. The movie has tons of scares to keep you on the edge of your seat, and the laughs bring you back down to earth when it gets too intense. I personally think that Bill Hader gives an Oscar worthy performance in this movie, so we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on him. Most notably, IT Chapter Two reminds us that our friendships are powerful bonds that can keep us strong when times are tough. Check this movie out over the weekend!
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