IT: Chapter 2 is the sequel to IT from 2017 and while it does boast some very cool sequences, there are still a lot of problems.
Let’s start off this review by stating the obvious; the cast was phenomenal. Like everyone else is saying, they did a terrific job with casting the adults in the film. The standouts of the film to me were James McAvoy who played Bill and Bill Hader who played Richie. These two characters had the most emotional scenes in the film, and they were both very believable. Bill Hader’s character also brought the vast majority of the comedy. The other adult members of the losers club included Jessica Chastain (Beverly), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), James Ransone (Eddie), and Jay Ryan (Ben). Each of these cast members also did a good job in their roles in the movie. It is very impressive how they were able to cast this film so perfectly. They really each look like the adult versions of the kids from the previous film. The cast was a huge positive aspect of this film.
The next positive aspect of the film was the ending. Some people have been saying that they were disappointed with the ending, however I was very pleased. I thought that it was much better executed than the 1990 miniseries’ ending. Another positive to the film was the mix of horror, humor, and emotional scenes. To me, this really wasn’t a scary movie at all, and neither was the first one. They do a terrific job of deciding when they need to lighten the tone of the film and when to provide scares. There are some creepy scenes spread throughout the film and I very much appreciated that.
The one mixed aspect of the film to me is the runtime. At 2 hours and 49 minutes, IT: Chapter 2 definitely has some boring moments. This isn’t a negative to me because I didn’t find myself as bored as others have. I thought that it was mostly very entertaining throughout the whole film and I was able to remain invested along the whole ride. However, when a movie is this long it is hard to find times to rewatch it. You really have to be in “the mood” to watch an almost 3 hour long movie so it probably won’t be heavily rewatchable.
The huge negative aspect of this film is that it seemed somewhat sloppily put together and very repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing Pennywise going around a terrorizing people. However, at a certain point it does get to a time when you’re just thinking to yourself how many times they are going to do the same thing over again. The movie is basically just a collection of different scenes where we see flashbacks and then the current time. I didn’t find it very appealing to see basically the same thing repeatedly just with a different person. I believe that they could have found a better way to put the whole film together.
In the end, IT: Chapter 2 is still a film that I would recommend if you enjoyed the first one. It has a lot of awesome sequences, however, it did fall a little short of my expectations. I still had a good time with the film, and I think others will as well.
Rating- 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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