Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see the new movie, It Chapter Two, based off of Stephen King’s horror novel, It. I went into it with high expectations after loving both the book and the first movie. My expectations were definitely met. I found myself screaming, laughing and just sitting there in pure shock.
The movie takes place 27 years after the first movie. All of the original characters are now grown up and moving on with their lives. None of them can really remember the strange occurrences they dealt with almost three decades ago in their hometown. Only one member of the original “Loser Gang,” Mike, remained in Derry. Coincidentally, he’s the only one that can truly remember what went on all those years ago. When children start going missing and violence starts erupting throughout Derry again, Mike knows it’s time to get the gang back together.
Mike has a hard time convincing his old friends to come home. Although they can’t remember exactly what happened when they were teenagers, they have an overall sense of dread when they think back on it. They also have scars on their hands from the blood pact they made. They promised to return if things started going downhill again. Reluctantly, they all start to make their way back home again. Without giving away the ending, the rest of the movie follows the characters around revisiting their biggest fears. Will they be able to conquer “It” once and for all? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out. I highly recommend reading the book as well if you can handle the length.
I thought the casting for the movie was perfect! It’s difficult to find adults who can resemble younger cast members, but I think they did a pretty good job. My personal favorite was Bill Hader as Richie Tozer. Richie is the comic relief of the group and I thought Hader did an excellent job portraying his character.
One of my favorite parts of the movie is the story behind it. A lot of scary movies are just a bunch of random jump scares thrown together, but It and It Chapter Two both have an entertaining story behind them that is sure to capture audience members. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of jump scares and disgusting scenes.
In conclusion, I’d give It Chapter Two 4 out of 5 stars. I thought the second movie was just as good (if not better) than the first one, which is pretty rare in terms of movie sequels. The movie has the perfect combination of horror, humor, and emotion. I definitely recommend going to see it as soon as possible.