“It” Chapter 2 movie review


Yasmin Vizguerra, Editor

   Since the 2017 remake of the classic horror movie/novel “It” by Stephen King freaked audiences with the same terror-inflicting clown Pennywise, audiences have been waiting in anticipation for the second chapter of the horror film, set 27 years later. 

      The story follows the same group of kids known as the “Loser Club” who had been terrorized by the murderous clown, now adults in 2016 who have another encounter with the clown.

      “I don’t really like scary movies and clowns but I really like both “It” movies and though they did a great job telling the other half of the story,” said Jada Garza (‘20). 

      Both movies follow the 1986 bestseller 1,100-page book of the same name by King, this chapter tracking the adulthood of the once Loser Club from Derry, Maine.

      But this time around to have a reunion–by force.

      At the end of Chapter 1, the kids of the Losers Club vowed to return to their town if Pennywise returned for another killing spree.

      Actor Bill Hader plays the role of Richie Tozier, the kid with glasses who is now an L.A. comic.

      James McAvoy plays Bill Denbrough, who in his adulthood is famous for writing books and screenplays with endings that everyone hates.

      Jay Ryan plays Ben Hanscom, the Loser once bullied for being overweight, currently an architect. 

      Jessica Chastin landed the role of Beverly Marsh, the only female in the Losers Club.

      Isaiah Mustafa plays Mike Hanlon, the only one of the Losers Club to stay in Derry, contacts the once Losers to come back to Derry.

      Stanley Uris, played by Andy Bean, is an accountant who’s not as nerdy as he looks.

      The role of Eddie Kaspbrak, the same hypochondriac from Chapter 1, played by James Ransome, comes back as well.

      It’s the seven who must destroy It, an entity that’s powerful enough to manifest the fears that haunt everyone.

     And they are the only ones who can do it together.

     Chapter 2 features many flashbacks of the first film, just in case anyone went to see “It 2” without seeing It.

      “I really liked how the stories connected from flashbacks to make it genuine,” said Briana Raegan (‘21).

      Director Andy Muschietti begins the film with the murder of Adrian Mellon based on the real-life 1984 drowning of Charlie Howard, a young gay man who was viciously attacked in Bangor, Maine. The movie shows teens beating Mellon and throwing him off a bridge into a canal which is where Pennywise reappears to finish the job.

      Mike reveals to the group his findings on how to stop Pennywise which sends the entire group through a twisted adventure of strange things involving Pennywise origins.

           Pennywise’s origins are connected to an evil Native American story that can only be broken with a ritual.

      The film goes through funny moments with the next being scares. Though the movie is funnier than it is scary, it’s definitely worth the watch.

      While most don’t like the length, the story includes what most viewers want to see; humor, scares, and romance.

      The big fight at the end of chapter 2 is much like Chapter 1, viewers knowing the story will end.

      Fans long for adjustments so the adaptation from book to screen to be as accurate as the written material, but nonetheless, it is worth the watch after two-year anticipation since the initial release of the franchise.