New Horror Film “It Chapter Two” Falls Short of Exceedingly High Expectations

New Horror Film “It Chapter Two” Falls Short of Exceedingly High Expectations

Liliana Valadez, Staff Writer

Based on the classic 1986 book “It” written by Stephen King, director Andy Mushietti brings alive the terrifying clown Pennywise in the second installment to the previous film in “It Chapter Two”. Released on Sept. 6, 2019, the rated R film features a stellar cast of characters which includes Bill (James McAvoy), Beverly (Jessica Chastain),  Richie (Bill Hader), Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), Ben (Jay Ryan), Eddie (James Ransome), Stanley (Andy Bean), and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgȧrd). Overall, the movie was slightly above average; going into the film, expectations had been set very high and despite its many attempts, it did not live up to all of them.

“It Chapter Two” centers around Pennywise and his return to the town of Derry, Maine, 27 years after the Losers Club had believed themselves to have defeated him. All but one member of the Losers Club, Mike Hanlan had stayed inside Derry. While on the other hand, the others had done their best to begin new lives as far away as possible from their childhood town. Through much research and time, Mike realizes the threat that Pennywise poses yet again. He calls on the Loser’s Club members, calling back to the promise that they made in the first film, if Pennywise were to resurface again, they would all come back together to Derry and end Pennywise once and for all. To accomplish this the group must all go back and relive their traumatizing experiences and conquer their fears. 

Some things which were enjoyable about this film was its ability to incite so much fear within the audience. Muschietti does a fantastic job of making Pennywise, played by actor Bill Skarsgard, appear horrific. It was as if everyone in the audience was at the edge of their seat the entire time, waiting to see what will happen next. Scenes in the especially horrifying movie involved those in which the characters had to recall back to their fears as children, in which they were terrorized by Pennywise. The cinematography, visual effects and musical score all added to the eeriness of the film, making the experience much more enjoyable. Regardless of how many aspects of the film were good, there is much to find fault with, specifically with how long the film was, which was two hours and 50 minutes. Of course a film that centers on so many main characters is going to be lengthy, however, many scenes were dragged out. The film most likely could have been cut to be around 30 minutes less and achieve the same results. It is also noted that the film was filled with many plot holes and is very predictable. Many people who had left the theater felt a bit unsatisfied and wonder if they had just watched an okay horror film or hilarious comedy. The film does seem to rely on its comedic aspects which are okay, however, it was expected to be so much scarier than it was, like in the previous movie.

Overall if you were debating on whether or not to watch the movie, just watch it. There has been so much build-up to the conclusion to the story of these characters and no matter how many problems there were with that, it is better to know what happens in the end.