It Chapter 2 (2019) – Drama, Horror, Fantasy
Now, I didn’t even bother reviewing It, the first film, I think I stuck it at the end of four short reviews about Christmas films, I really didn’t think much of it and couldn’t understand why such a fuss was made of it. But I will always admit when I’m wrong and watching the second film has made me re-evaluate the whole pair of films. Taken together It and It Chapter Two make an excellent film, they are two parts of a story and need each film to compliment the other one. The first one didn’t work for me on its own but put with this one, they made for five hours of enjoyable and well-acted horror.
This is set 27 years after the first film and Pennywise is back and up to his usual murderous mayhem. The first victim being some poor s@d who has already had a rubbish night and from then on, the cuter you are the more likely you are to get bitten/stabbed/faced ripped off! James McAvoy is superb as Bill, the Losers leader who is dragged back by Mike(Isaiah Mustafa) who is the only one not to have left the town of Derry to start anew, also along for the ride is Jessica Chastain’s Beverly, whose life is never easy, Bill Hader as funny boy turned comedian Richie, James Ransome nervous Eddie, Jay Ryan’s somewhat buffer Ben and Andy Bean’s terrified Stanley. The whole ride is bloodthirsty and nerve wracking with Bill Skarsgard superbly evil Pennywise still tormenting and stalking the now adult Losers whilst getting his kicks with random Derryites. This film is about the quest to end Pennywise and to find themselves. It has some gutting moments, some jump out of your seat moments and some excellent interplay between the leads, especially between Mr Hader and Mr Ransome, who bring Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer’s Richie and Eddie to emotional life in the adult world.
The film switches between adult and child, between reality and fantasy, between horror and comedy whilst keeping you on the edge of your seat. It has made me change my mind about the first film, in fact I would heartedly recommend both It and It Chapter Two to anyone. Fantastically acted by both younger and older actors and actresses and I really wasn’t happy about getting up to go to the loo in the middle of the night after this one. A second chapter worth of 15/20 for both films.