It Chapter 2, 7/10, attempts to follow on from the marvellous first instalment, but disappointingly it overlooks the elements that made that first film so special. The simplicity of Bill Skarsgard’s portrayal of the infamous Pennywise is enough alone to petrify an audience. His voice, his posture, often barely visible in the background of a shot, he was truly scary. However the creators thought it would be a great idea to follow up any screen time Skarsgard had this time around with some elaborate CGI creature/effect or Bill Hader’s character undercutting the drama with a comedic line. This formula becomes more and more repetitive as the film drags on. To me, all that says to an audience is if the characters and creators make a mockery of this film then so should you. Chapter 2 has been turned into a tonal mess that creeps more into an adventure comedy with a romantic subplot that just happens to have some horrific undertones.
27 years have passed and the small suburban town of Derry hasn’t changed at all, however the ‘Losers Club’ have all grown up, became successful and forgotten the tragic events from their childhood. Forgotten that is until a devastating phone call drags them back to finish what they started.
The first act brilliantly establishes where all the characters are in life and pulls them back in with a creative premise. Whilst on the subject of characters, the casting director deserves an Oscar as the young/older versions are so remarkably close that you may even be close to thinking they are atually related. However that alone isn’t enough to make a great movie. With one of the longer runtimes of 2019 – 2 hours and 49 minutes – the second and third act is where your interest will soon begin to wander as the exact same narrative plays out from the original. The few good scenes become lost amongst the jump-per-minute build up to an ironically weak ending.
Entertainment (of its genre): 7.5/10
Overall rating….. 7/10