IT: Chapter 2 (2019): Halloween Review

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Finales are hard to pull off. Often filmmakers overestimate how much time it will take to close out a story properly, and 2019’s “IT Chapter 2” is the apparent result of this miscalculation.

Is this movie bad? Not by any means. It was just in desperate need to be split into two different films. The writers do their best in crafting a story that expands on the themes of the first, interweaves two simultaneous storylines taking place in the past and present, and tops the horror sequences of the first. “IT Chapter 2” accomplishes this to some degree, but the entire film would have benefited from turning the series into a trilogy.

The second film follows a grown-up Losers Club as they struggle with the same fears that have existed since childhood. These fears are once again brought to the surface by Pennywise, a supernatural clown that wreaks havoc on the town of Derry 27 years after the events of the first film.

The adult versions of The Losers Club do a lot of the heavy lifting carrying the story’s shortfalls. Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise continues to impress as this film dives deeper into the villain’s mythology. The scares are just as good if not better than the first film.

This film’s only shortfall is that it’s too long and too crowded to cram into one movie. Overall, this film is definitely worth watching, but it makes you wonder what might have been in the series were made as a trilogy instead of a double feature.

Filmnetic Grade: B+

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