It Chapter Two
Release Year: 2019
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Gary Dauberman (screenplay), Stephen King (based on his 1986 novel IT)
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgård, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransome, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff
Thirty years after the showdown in the shewers, Pennywise returns to feed. The Loser’s Club is called back to Derry to fulfill their vow and kill IT once and for all before it goes into hibernation again.
Anyone who has read Stephen King’s novel or watched the 1990 television miniseries, knows that the adult part of the story is the “weakest” part, in the sense that it is the least scary. Perhaps this has something to do with bad things being more horrifying when they happen to children, or it has to do with the fact that IT feeds on fear and therefore defeating IT involves facing and overcoming ones fears. Most likely it is a combination of both. But, luckily for us, the filmmakers are well aware that what Stephen King’s fans first and foremost love him for is his characters, and they are even more at the forefront in this second part of the story. The great child actors from It (2017) return for many more scenes and are matched by a stellar adult cast. The always great Chastain (Interstellar, 2014) and McAvoy (Split, 2016) do not disappoint as Beverly and Bill, but Bill Hader really impresses as Richie Tozier. Of the lesser known adult cast, New Zealand television actor Jay Ryan (Lou, 2010) is excellent as Ben Hanscom. We learn much more of Pennywise’s history this time around but see less of the character. This takes a bit of the tenseness from the first film out of the story, but makes sense in terms of the story being told. It is a very long film (with a running time pushing 3 hour), but for those who loved the first film it will not feel long nor will the final confrontation disappoint. This second part concludes an absolutely great adaptation of King’s massive novel; this time around the foot is completely off the brake and the scary scenes are allowed to unfold in best King style. This means that if you for some reason thought the first one was a bit silly, you will find that this is even more so. With that caveat in mind this remains highly recommended!
In the novel, Eddie ponders that he may have married Myra because she reminded him of his mother. This is alluded to in the film adaptation as the same actress, Molly Atkinson, portrays both Myra Kaspbrak (Eddie’s wife) and Sonia Kaspbrak (Eddie’s mother)
Cameo: Stephen King has a long cameo as the owner of an antiques shop, his first cameo in a theatrical adaptation of his work since Thinner (1996).
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.