IT: Chapter Two Review


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Hey Lovelies,

Back in 2016, the world was horrified by the return of one clown. It birthed a whole host of Halloween costumes and a follow up all within the same year. Arriving again in 2019 to complete the classic Steven King story, IT: Chapter Two, out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally, took hold of us all once more to make sure we never go to the circus again.

Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Clown, although this time it is a little different. Set 27 years after the first film, the Loser’s Club is all grown up. But they have not forgotten the terrors they faced as teens. When Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) decides to get them all back together in Derry, to try and defeat the returned horror, he shares the story of how Pennywise came to be. Plus, the news that they are going to have to be the ones to defeat him again.

Whilst the first film delivered a truly terrifying mix of both the classic book, film and expectation, IT: Chapter Two has made sure that everything is heightened. The characters are captured at a time when society states that they shouldn’t be as scared as they once were. Yet, when faced with Pennywise and the superb acting from Skarsgård, it all works.

Less controlled than the first feature, the sequel has an air about it that makes you feel that the reins were loosened for all to make a horror that works. There are no worries about if it will work or not. It is simply a sequel that makes sure that what you got the first time is what you get again. Just even better.

With the likes of James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and the rest of the cast fitting the billing perfectly in the adult versions of the teens seen before, everything just has a flow for fans to fall into. It may be the longest horror film ever created, but with each chapter falling into place, it doesn’t feel like it.

You want to see Pennywise go to town on them. You want to see how they will defeat the monster. You want to see what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. And you do in many ways. It is a clever script that obviously cuts moments but doesn’t ever feel like it is doing so. The writing is simply that good.

For many reasons, IT: Chapter Two is better than the first film. With an all-star amazing cast, brilliant writing and King’s touch of brutality and innocence mixed together, the return of Pennywise is a pure joy. If I can say that.

5 Stars

Joey X

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