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It Chapter 2 Review


It’s back in It Chapter 2 (or It Chapter Two, I’ve seen it spelt both ways). Pennywise the Clown (brilliantly played in the first film by Bill Skarsgård) is back and the Losers’ Club have to return to Derry 27 years to defeat it once and for all.

Everything is brought back into gear when Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) calls his old Losers Club buddies and tells them that It is back, and when he says ‘It’, he means Pennywise. Since leaving Derry, they’ve all forgotten what went on during that horrific summer 27 years ago, but it all comes flooding back when they return.

I’ll make no secret of the fact that I’m a huge Stephen King, and I was really looking forward to watching the follow up to 2017’s It, which I loved by the way.

James McAvoy in Stephen King's It Chapter 2

James McAvoy in Stephen King’s It Chapter 2 (Credit: Warner Bros.)

For 27 years, I dreamt of you. I craved you… I’ve missed you!

I went to see it yesterday, and I can’t help but feel disappointed. I loved the first film, which I felt had genuine scares. This film just undercuts everything with a gag, which negates all the good work they’d done up until that point.

Case in point – there’s a scene in the film, a brilliant scene, in which some rather horrifying creatures come out of fortune cookies. However, the whole scene concludes with a joke where the waitress comes to their table to find Bill Hader’s character bashing the table with a chair.

It just ruined the whole scene for a cheap laugh, and that was the problem with this film. It was also WAY too long and the final third was really weak. I know there are problems with the end of the book – and there were way too many jokes about Stephen King not being able to write good endings – and they did try to fix those issues to make it more cinematic, but it all fell a bit flat for me.

Bill Hader in Stephen King's It Chapter 2

Bill Hader in Stephen King’s It Chapter 2 (Credit: Warner Bros)

Who killed a psychotic clown before he was fourteen?

It’s a shame because there are some great performances here, although I do not believe that Bill Harder was as good as everybody said he was. He’s perfectly fine. For me, the stand out performance came from James McAvoy. I did think that Jessica Chastain was underused, although she was in some of the most visually striking scenes, especially a scene which harkens back to Carrie.

Bill Skarsgård was good as Pennywise, again, but I felt there was a bit too much reliance on CGI this time around and I would have liked to have seen a bit more from him as the scary clown without any CGI wizardry going on.

All in all, It Chapter 2 is perfectly fine, but I was expecting, and hoping for so much more.

Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the five reasons why Tom Holland in the best Spider-Man ever, the five best movies in the MCU, and our explanation as to why Tomorrow Never Dies is the most underrated Bond movie ever.

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In the meantime, why not rewatch Itwhich you can purchase here!

It Chapter 2 is in cinemas across the UK now.

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