New Line’s IT made waves when it opened back in 2017, largely due to an excellent cast and direction from Andy Muschietti. Though, when Stephen King fans think back on the author’s seminal work, the adult section of the story tends to be the weak link. Sadly, that remains the truth with this film.
That’s not to say there’s nothing redeemable in It: Chapter Two, because there is plenty. Bill Hader and James Ransone turn in amazing performances as the adult versions of Ritchie and Eddie. There’s also a bit more exploration into what Pennywise truly is, and the origins of It. The main issues really come down to the pacing, runtime, cast, and overall narrative. Some of the adult actors felt miscast in their role, namely James McAvoy and Jay Ryan as Bill Denbrough and Ben Hanscom, respectively. They weren’t necessarily bad, but they just didn’t capture the spirit of their characters as well as their co-stars. If you loved Chapter One, chances are you’ll have a fun time with this film. As always, for my full thoughts, be sure to check out the video below.
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever.
“IT Chapter Two” stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean. Reprising their roles as the young members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.