I’ve got so much to say about It Chapter Two, I’m not usually one for long reviews, but this one calls for it. Here we go…
Let’s start off on a positive note.
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The beginning absolutely captivated me. I loved how each of the Losers were contacted and asked to come back to Derry. Then we were given glimpses into each of the Losers lives as adults. I really liked that. Eddie’s moment was absolutely hilarious; he grew up to have an intense love of profanity. Bill had grown up to be about what I had expected him to be; it was Beverly’s life that troubled me. I won’t give that away. Richie (Bill Hader) in my opinion stole the spot for funniest character. His sarcastic negativity was priceless. Ben was a bit of a shock, I didn’t see his adult story coming. Let’s just say, “Hot!”
The movie then gathers even more of my attention. The Losers are all now back in Derry. Watching the interaction and reactions of the friends was perfectly done. Mike gathered them all together and his revelations are intensely brought to light.
The Best Part of the Plot
It comes down to the fact that each of the Losers have to find a token of their childhood to sacrifice during a ritual that Mike researched and wants to perform. I won’t say anymore about that. I’m trying to avoid spoilers.
During this shift of the movie, it takes on a surreal feel. Each Loser has “their” thing they are searching for. They are individually done and I thought that was a fabulous way to do it. I chose to not use any of those scenes for Peetimes, as the plot development and character development was at maximum velocity here.
Now we transition into them working together to solve this age-long problem called Pennywise. This was masterfully done, with the exception of Mike and Beverly (Isaiah Mustafa and Jessica Chastain).
Where IT: Chapter 2 Let Me Down
Here’s my first gripe: Isaiah, in my opinion, didn’t have a very strong screen presence. It’s like his expression never changed. He’s a great actor, but I didn’t like him in this. Second gripe: Jessica Chastain is also another great actress, but in It Chapter Two, she didn’t bring the strength and tenacity that young Bev brought (Sophia Lillis). There was no pop to her and I was really looking forward to seeing her rip It up.
Here’s my final gripe….Pennywise. I need to skirt around this as to avoid spoilers, dangit — this is hard to say. Pennywise didn’t drool enough for me; he didn’t use his clipped high pitched speaking tone enough, arrgg… It let me down. This is absolutely not on Skarsgard: his acting was impeccable. It was the writing that faltered here. I’m not crazy about how they portrayed him. That’s all I can say right now.
Now that I’ve got my three gripes out of the way, I can officially say I still loved It 2. The gripes are easy enough to overlook because the positives totally outweigh the negatives. The film had some amazing effects, brutal sounds and hilarious moments. It Chapter Two is certainly good, but didn’t quite do the perfect execution to rate an A.
About The Peetimes: It Chapter Two is packed with action, with almost no lulls. I hope that these 3 Peetimes will help you get thorough this monstrously long movie. (Seriously, check your Peetimes on the RunPee app, and tell everyone you know — this film is almost 3 hours long!)
There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of It Chapter Two. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
Rated (R) for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material
Genres: Horror, Clowns (duh)
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Great review Christine! I adored the movie in all of its tremendous weirdness but i agree that Pennywise was a little bit of a letdown this time around. His animalistic behaviour in the first movie was super creepy and this time he felt a little too comedic in parts. he reminded me more of Gollum than anything too nightmarish.
I also found that the CGI on many of the monsters was a bit underwhelming, but it also gave the scenes more of an adventure movie vibe at the same time.
the back and forth filming style was also more fun, would love to see a full edit of both films to see how well it also blends if told like the original narrative. 😀
(I also used up one of my peecoins just to see the times you suggested. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend the second time too, but i’d be devastated to miss the gloriously weird fortune cookie scene from the first peetime :P)
Again, top form! Glad you loved it too!
Christene Johnson Editor
Excellent!! I’m glad you enjoyed the review. With what you said about the fortune cookie scene..I’ve decided to switch it to an emergency Peetime. I hemmed and hawed over that decision, you just clenched it for me. Thank you so much for the feedback.
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