It Chapter Two
After seeing the first instalment of the new “It” films back in 2017, my girlfriend (a huge Stephen King nut) didn’t seem all that excited for the planned sequel. As a huge fan of the original source material she noted that, as best as she could tell, all the best bits from the book had already been included in that first film and there wasn’t a whole lot of interesting plot left to cover.
Sure enough, several years down the line, I can safely say that she was proven completely correct and that Andy Muschietti’s 2019 follow up is a noticeably less entertaining offering than its predecessor.
It Chapter Two seems to just retread a lot of the same ground as the first instalment, but does so without any of that sense of childhood adventure that the first one offered. The “Stand By Me” aspect of the story is long gone, and in its place are the grim dramas of adulthood.
The deep rooted bond shared by The Losers Club in adulthood is certainly well developed and the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAcoy, and Bill Hader all share solid chemistry throughout. This friendship between the group and how they have all dealt with their childhood trauma is comfortably the strongest aspect of the film.
Bill Skarsgard is also once again brilliant as Pennywise the clown and he does deliver a couple of unsettling sequences. However, the main problem the film faces is that it’s just not particularity scary at all. There are no new tricks from the first outing and you always have a pretty good idea whats coming next. At nearly three hours in length, it really struggles to remain gripping for the full run and a couple of hours in, it does become a bit of a slog.
The film certainly looks great and the cast all put in solid performances, but for a horror movie it’s surprisingly tame and noticeably overstretched.