'IT Chapter Two' emphasizes the power of friendship

Hader left has received praise for his portrayal of Richie Tozier played by Finn Wolfhard as a child

Hader left has received praise for his portrayal of Richie Tozier played by Finn Wolfhard as a child

Pennywise preys on the small town of Derry every 27 years; having first battled him on the cusp of adolescence, the members of the so-called "Losers Club" must face him again on the cusp of midlife.

The group's leader Bill (James McAvoy) is now a successful author with a reputation for writing bad endings; foulmouthed Richie (Bill Hader) has made a career out of his token smart-ass remarks; Ben (Jay Ryan) is a prosperous architect that's gone from chunk to hunk; Eddie (James Ransone) is still the same sheltered hypochondriac he was as a child; and Beverly (Jessica Chastain) is a strong-willed fashion designer whose relationship with her husband eerily mirrors a lifetime of abuse at her father's hands.

Glen Oh man, this film is fun! This movie has a similar problem, but a stranger one: This one's nostalgic for the first movie. As he makes his calls, we learn about the seven principal characters' lives 27 years after their Pennywise run-in.

There were a lot of great things about It Chapter Two.

Furthermore, I don't think the scares or tone are realised enough to support its well-meaning intentions. Eddie (James Ransone) is doing something with cars and looks like he's married his own mother; Richie (Hader) is a successful comedian and Stan, well, his situation is too heart-breaking to trivialise with words, so I'll just let you watch that for yourself. This is a solid cast, and the young and older actors are all really engaging. Please be advised that minor spoilers for It: Chapter Two follow. Both very amusing, and very honest, Hader creates maybe the most intricate character of the film.

"It was really amusing because he saw Tim Curry's Pennywise (in the 1990 miniseries) when he was four or five years old and it tormented him". Props to the makeup and costuming departments on that one! Stan (Andy Bean) doesn't make it back to Derry. His breath smells like old socks and evil.

Glen That scene in the Chinese restaurant really set the tone for the exceptional special effects. It Chapter Two is already breaking records so does that mean we could be getting a Chapter Three at one point or another in the future? Ultimately, the story is about the enduring bonds of friendship, teamwork, and trust. Films can't really do that, so fans of his book might think the film is pretty thin in comparison, but It and It Chapter 2 offer a insane and funny-and at times even emotionally potent-ride. The casting for this film was phenomenal. If you're fans of horror romps, this one delivers. I think it's a worthy conclusion to the first film, but it disturbed me more than any horror movie has in a long time. Add in a pointless and needlessly graphic opening scene - and no, I don't care if it's in the book - and you have a film that feels more bloated than it does scary. Keeping these movies self-contained is the right move; you just have to wonder why they didn't chop more.

Pennywise may not be the scariest thing in Derry, Maine, after all.

"It" fans will be pleased by this loyalty to the printed word, but general audiences are much more likely to lose patience with the excessive runtime - especially when the more complicated and fantastical elements of King's story are introduced with little explanation or context for newcomers.

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