The movie ‘It: Chapter Two’ proves bigger doesn’t always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.
Directed By: Andy Muschietti
Written By: Gary Dauberman
In Theaters: Sep 6, 2019 Wide
Studio: New Line Cinema
What the Critics Are Saying:
New York Times’ A.O Scott
“Muschietti is also faithful to King’s conviction that when it comes to plot, incident and audience time commitment, more is more. But page counts and running times work in different ways. An 1,100-page novel like ‘It’ can be a breathless page-turner. But this 2-hour-49-minute movie drags more than it jumps, wearing out its premise and possibly also your patience as it lumbers toward the final showdown.”
New York Post’s Johnny Oleksinski
“The adults of ‘Chapter Two’ are very well-cast, which is a tall order after the exceptional kids of the first film. Hader is hilarious, and McAvoy’s big eyes are pools of torment. The whole group clicks as well as their young counterparts. That said, I miss those little punks. They pop up here and there in flashbacks, but it’s not the same as having innocent kids defeat the bad guy as they come of age. That’s a more gripping story than adults who need therapy.”
Leah Pickett (Chicago Reader)
Trimming the adults’ often soppy individual narratives to focus on their more interesting dynamic as a group might have mitigated some of the numbness that sets in from predictability.
Kevin Maher (Times – UK)
The result is a film with all the unsettling power and visual elan of the kiddy-friendly Goosebumps series (Jack Black + monsters = zzzz).
Adam Graham (Detroit News)
“It” never decides which fears to take at face value and which exist only in the subconscious, and winds up confused as a result.