In the sleepy town of Derry, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.
As a big fan of horror and special effects make up artist, I really appreciate how the writers and the director took the time to fluidly move from the first film into this one. I know a lot of people like to hang on to the original “IT” with Tim Curry which was a wonderful. For me it was more of a thriller and had the right amount of creepiness. This film is definitely more in your face and they have to be because in today’s digital age of movies, audiences expect more.
“IT: Chapter Two” They ramped it up and brought in some really nice elements. For example, the connection between the younger actors and the older actors was palpable. You could actually sense it from the film that perhaps the older actors took some time to to sit with the younger actors and talk with them and find out what their character is going through so that they themselves could pull forward and and go, okay, well, if I was that person, this is where I might be.
You feel that later on in life, some of the characters never left that town. They never left Darien; they mentally were locked there. Other people did everything, other characters did everything they could to get away from who they were in that town. The film was intelligently written and you can relate to the characters making choices that you yourself, might make in these crazy situations.
This is not just another stupid horror film where you know everyone dying and you just look at them and think “Why would you go there? Why would you go into that room?” Everything seemed to have a purpose. Every scene was a step that led you towards the conclusion. This film did a great job of adding just enough action and gore with the pacing to keep things on track. The precise pacing keeps you intrigued as to what’s going to happen next with these people that you actually do care about.
I can’t forget to mention the artistry of the film. There were a lot of practical effects as well as digital effects that were blended and complimented one other. Many films in the horror genre use one or the otherl, but there’s not really a complementary element to the two.
They really boosted up the Pennywise character, making him a little more intense; definitely more violent, volatile, and aggressive. The acting quality is amazing. They’ve got a phenomenal set of actors. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, were all some of the heavier hitters in this film. But even the other characters were well weaved into this tale and held their own weight.
With the continued successful telling of the original source material from Stephen King “IT:Chapter Two” gives fans a run for their money. The producers and director took time to develop a story, these characters, these scenarios and most of all a reason why these people are doing what they do. Even for Pennywise.