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Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in ‘It Chapter Two

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in ‘It Chapter Two

Until the climactic battle rolls around, this structure dictates that Chapter Two is essentially a series of set pieces in which each protagonist faces down the demons of his or her past. Both movies are good from a film standpoint, but the true experience comes from reading the novel.

Rather than being an adventure film with strong horror influence and moderated comic relief, "It Chapter 2" is a franchise film with imbalanced amounts of adventure, comedy, horror, action and commercial appeasement. But in 2017, a team of screenwriters (Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman) teamed up with director Andy Muschietti (who first horrified moviegoers with "Mama") to turn out a film accepted by new and old fans. The sequel then follows their return to the fictional town of Derry, Maine to finally kill the Pennywise as adults. Without powerful performances from actors like Finn Wolfhard, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård, the movie would not have been as enjoyable. After 27 years of hiding, the children of Derry are once again in peril as the murderous clown with an attachment to red balloons has made a decision to unleash his horror once more. This is the conclusion of the story between the Losers versus Pennywise. Once it has become evident that Pennywise is on the move again, Mike calls the gang to return to Derry to fulfill their promise and finish what they started as preteens in 1960.

In his years of research, Mike has discovered that the sole way to defeat Pennywise is through an ancient ritual involving the sacrifice of various artifacts from the Losers' childhoods, forcing them to revisit their haunted pasts to save their condemned futures. The only casting choice I was not fully satisfied with was Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly. "Saturday Night Live" graduate Bill Hader shines in particular as the grown-up comedian Richie Tozier. James Ransone (Eddie) and Jay Ryan (Ben) also look extremely similar to their younger selves. McAvoy and Chastain both encompass their characters' shared and individual horrors excellently, as does James Ransone as Eddie, resulting in vulnerable portrayals of broken people. Such moments suggest a Tim Burton movie with edge (i.e., old-school Burton); when Pennywise gets his circus-illusionist mojo on, he could be Beetlejuice's nastier cousin. I was genuinely shocked to find out they weren't related to the kids from the first film.

At least "It: Chapter Two" does well when the characters are together.

The attachment that you feel to each and every character, through insight into their personal lives and what they truly fear, is one of the realest that I've felt in a horror movie in a long time, which is why I truly think that it's important to see It before watching It: Chapter Two. Well, it went better than the TV movie of 1990.

The big thing that doesn't even make it into the film is the Stephen King multiverse. Was the film "outta sight?" Meh. The end of "IT" itself, in novel form, is often derided.

More than anything, It: Chapter Two was heartbreaking, and that may be what makes it so terrifying. Tongue in cheek, much?

Stephen King's It is a doorstop of a novel that alternates between past and present narratives.