It Chapter Two

It’s been 27 years since the small town of Derry was last terrorized by Pennywise (Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd), the supernatural/extraterrestrial dancing clown; now, a similar series of events and disappearances is happening again. Returning home on a blood oath to finish “It” once and for all the Losers Club will have to dig up their past to ensure their future, lest their own self doubt destroy them first. Directed by Andy Muschietti and based on Stephen King’s novel, this beast of a movie, which runs nearly three hours in length, puts maximum effort in to re-creating the Stephen King slow burn style of character development. This go round adding heavy helpings of backstory to each of the leads, often in graphic and gory detail, fewer stones are left unturned, this however sacrifices eloquence and brevity on the alter of bloat. On the upshot, and despite its inefficiencies, the creep and tension factors clearly hit harder into the deadlights, even with fully telegraphed punches. And, to the ensemble’s credit, both generations of actors meld nicely to create what feels like legitimate and authentic younger and older versions of themselves, sharp. From a makeup and effects perspective, the film does lean heavily into CGI territory (computers and digital imagery) as opposed to practical effects (puppets, models, painting, etc.), but, measuring gallon for gallon in stage blood vs. CGI blood, either way you’re in for a massacre. Are you ready to kill this clown? It Chapter Two is rated R….for obvious reasons.