Arts & Culture

It Ends… Sloppily

A Review of IT Chapter 2

By: Stanley Kimball

IT Chapter 2 is based off half of the infamous 1,138 page novel by Maine’s own Stephen King, is a sequel to the smash hit from 2017 “IT” (now named “IT Chapter 1”). The sequel  stars James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, and of course, Bill Skarsgård as the titular villain “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” back and better than ever. With the first film being the highest grossing horror film of all time, it’s only fitting that the sequel breaks another record becoming the “Longest Horror Film of All Time,” and you can definitely feel that runtime while watching.  Bill Skarsgård truly shines as Pennywise. When he is on screen however, he is severely underused. Instead, the film decides to focus on an absolutely ridiculous plan to take him down. This plant also requires the Losers to be split apart for a majority of the movie, which is a shame because the first movie had such a great chemistry between the kids but here, it’s sorely missed. Speaking of the Losers, pitch perfect casting is put on display. Not only do they all look and act like older versions of the kids you loved in Chapter 1, but they’re all talented in their own right, with a stand out being Bill Hader as Richie Tozier. He manages to capture the foul mouthed personality of Finn Wolfhard’s take while still making it his own character

Overall, IT Chapter 2 offers some great performances, decent scares, but lacks what made the first film special.

★★★☆☆

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