Set 27 years after their first encounter against the evil clown known as “Pennywise” the Losers Club are now adults and come together after they receive some devastating news. The characters also deal with their horror and dark pasts once again.
As a sequel, IT Chapter Two has a significant runtime (almost 3 hours). This runtime is primarily used for two things: horror scare attempts and to showcase a further developed plot.
The horror aspect of IT Chapter Two tries to go up a notch compared to the previous instalment. From the start of the film, horror fans will have plenty to enjoy, but I found this film weaker in the scare and horror department. It also feels that Pennywise is used less to scare the audiences and at multiple times the film relies on CGI characters and monsters to frighten. These just don’t frighten nor scare like the previous film, which focuses more on Pennywise.
When it comes to performances, the standouts from the grown-up’s were easily James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain & Bill Hader. Not only do they deliver a stunning performance, but were rather convincing at portraying the adult versions of their characters from the previous film. The casting choices were excellent and easily the highest point of the film and what shines the most. Bill Skarsgard was once again brilliant as the evil clown, Pennywise, with zero complaints.
As for the plot, for me, this film is not as solid as the previous film, in particularly the film’s 2nd and 3rd act which does ultimately drag on from time to time. It also feels that the film struggles with its ending, but finally it’s the film’s plot that hurts the movie in my opinion with added side mission and flashbacks for all the key characters. Without giving you spoilers, this is all I’m going to say.
Overall, IT Chapter Two remains an entertaining horror film, but it is a weaker sequel in regards to the film’s story, plot and final act. Despite the lengthy runtime, there’s still plenty for fans to enjoy. Leading performances are also lively. It’s still a worthy sequel even if it is slightly weaker than the 1st instalment.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden