It’s Friday the 13th..let’s review something creepy. It: Chapter Two graced theaters a week ago, and brought with it a star-studded cast and a whopping 2hr and 50 min runtime. It really is a trend for every film to be 3 hours now, isn’t it? Anyway, let’s float.
The film picks up 27 years post the events of Chapter One, and puts all of our Losers back on Pennywise’s menu. As it turns out, Pennywise (played impeccably once again by Skarsgard) has returned to Derry, to wreak havoc on all those afraid. Our Losers reunite, incredibly well-casted and the majority of them have lost most memories of their childhood. What’s clear to all of them, however, is the blood oath they swore all those years ago. And if anyone is going to be able to stop Pennywise the Dancing Clown, it’s going to be them; united.
Chapter Two‘s pacing, while long-winded at times, feels absolutely superb. Each and every “adult version” of our younger characters feels finely crafted to that individual, and their actions through the course of the film feel realistic and warranted to their respective personalities. Some shining stars must be delivered to James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, and to Bill Hader as Richie Tozier. Not only do they look like their younger counterparts, but their on screen embodiment of Eddie and Richie felt quite literally perfect. But, truth be told, every character delivers here.
Better than the first, you ask? In my opinion, not quite; but extremely close. I think the only reason I give the slightest edge to the first chapter here is for that “wow” factor. Seeing Skarsgard for the first time at the drain scene, and hearing that menacing laugh and chuckle was unlike anything I’d felt in a horror film in quite some time. However, we’re delivered a phenomenal closing to this story, and the scares and laughs are in high amount. I argued with my fiancé over which of the two is scarier, and she gives this one the edge with no competition! As one stand alone story, the It franchise feels beautifully crafted, from top to bottom. Seeing how I never got to review Chapter One, here goes. Chapter One- 9/10. Chapter Two- 8.5/10. Thanks so much for reading, and have an awesome weekend.
Peep, out 👋🏼